What Pink means to me

It wasn’t until after I left my first husband and found myself living in a strange city after living in a small town for 23 years, that I remembered when I was a little girl my favourite colours had been pink and silver.

Somehow I forgot this while growing up and studying at university, fervently avoiding anything pink, dressing all in brown, black and navy with stripes, never anything frilly, accompanied with gold jewellery. Because I had to take myself oh-so-seriously, I was terribly grown up and professional! Then I started to develop a fancy for strawberry flavoured milk of all things, how strange! I never drank that stuff before? I found myself referring to it as “Pink Milk” and felt a need for it every now and again. Then there were the pink milkshakes, and I started to remember as a young child my favourite flavoured ice-cream had not been chocolate at all, it had been strawberry. Ever so slowly pink started to creep into my wardrobe when before this shade had always been shunned. In my old life, the colour most represented in my closet was black. Now, thankfully I’ve been working hard to fix that, although I still do have far too many black shoes and jackets …

Pink for me means a return to ‘me’, remembering who I was and what I wanted when I was a little girl, when I was  not concerned with how other people saw me. It was my pure, untainted  self, free of expectations. Pink for me is more than just all things girly and pretty, its more than getting in touch with being female. Its about surviving the trauma of a broken marriage, grieving my hometown which I loved dearly but simply had to leave in the end, its about getting away from all the things I thought I was expected to be, a modern professional career ice-woman, and just starting to enjoy life for what it is.

Blessed Be All Things Pink! see more pink stuff on my blog >>> PINK
This is my first post for “Pink Saturday”! For details check out “How Sweet the Sound” at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/

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32 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. maria
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 14:17:50

    Loved your post, I’ll have to come back and read more. I’m 41 years old and I too have been having a few surprises in my life….like your pink milk…that has me reflecting on my childhood too. It’s a good thing. Happy Pink Saturday and welcome, so glad you joined. I’m a new follower, hope you like my blog, please come visit.

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  2. Teena
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 14:32:37

    Thanks for the Pink Saturday welcome! I just had a quick look at your blog and will follow. Particularly liking the Pink Martini, very stylish, darling!
    xxx

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  3. laura quaglia
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 15:08:34

    Nice story, Pink is fun
    Laura Q

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  4. Charlotte
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 18:43:12

    Welcome to Pink Saturday! Glad to see you are a fellow crocheter! I also like ‘pink milk’,but my husband and grandsons turn up their noses at it. Oh well, what do men know?

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  5. sara
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 18:54:32

    hope you have a great first pink saturday and enjoy many more to come hugs Sara

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  6. Teena
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 19:02:31

    thankyou very much for the welcomes, muchly appreciated, will check your blogs as soon as I get the chance xxoxox

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  7. Riet
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 19:30:29

    WElcome and happy pink satrurday. What a lovely first pink post you have. Nice story.
    Have a nice day
    Riet, The Netherlands

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  8. Pat
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 20:13:21

    Thanks for sharing your “pink” story!

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  9. Pam
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 22:40:40

    Welcome to Pink Saturday. So glad you rediscovered your “pinkness”.

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  10. Dru
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 22:55:34

    A lovely pink post. It seems we all have to go through some “rite of passage” to end up being who we really are – I thoroughly enjoyed hearing yours. Oh, and I love your little teddies – so cute! Welcome and Happy Pink Saturday!

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  11. Olivia Parazine
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 23:10:08

    Oh sweetie embrace the pink it is such a sweet fun color! Welcome to Pink Saturday! If you have a moment please stop by, I am giving away a pretty rose teapot for the month of April!
    Hugs,
    Olivia!

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  12. MyThoughtsMyVoice
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 23:42:14

    What a nice first Pink Saturday to share. And it is very inspirational too cause the meaning of pink . . . what it stands for in your life is very meaningful for you. Well, it’s like rebirth. And I hope you’ll have an enjoyable journey as you go along 🙂

    Happy PInk Saturday!

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  13. Gail
    Apr 24, 2010 @ 23:48:15

    Welcome to PS. I can so relate to you story, I had forgotten that pink and green have always been my favorite colors, after 21 years of being lost in my (ex) husband, I found myself again. It is hard not losing yourself in a marriage, career. I am glad you have found yourself again, it is good.

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  14. Gabriela
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 00:30:04

    Happy Pink Saturday!

    Loved your post!

    ~ Gabriela ~

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  15. Nancy's Daily Dish
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 01:27:57

    Hi and welcome to your first Pink Saturday. What a sweet post. I never thought about pink taking me back to my childhood but you are absolutely correct. My Mom had custom beding made for my sister and me…the prettiest bedspreads with long, sheer pink ruffles. She painted the room pink and papered one wall with a tulip and daisy wallpaper. It was so cute!

    Thanks for sharing your post!

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  16. Jane
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 01:27:57

    Love your website, the story of what Pink means to you
    and the beautiful things you make! Happy Pink Saturday!

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  17. CC
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 02:03:10

    Welcome,welcome to Pink Saturday..I think it’s wonderful that you’re finally allowing yourself to see that little girl in you again. She’s in all of us if we let it be.. I think it’s a part we should never lose. Happy Pinks and again..welcome..

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  18. Birgit
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 02:26:51

    What a thoughtful first post for Pink Saturday!

    Happy Pink Saturday,
    Birgit

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  19. Jenn Raley
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 02:38:03

    Happy Pink “You” Saturday. Pink and black are very pretty together too! I enjoyed reading your post, a difficult story in many ways. We do tend to bury ourselves in all kinds of things don’t we? And the trip out of it is often both painful and rewarding. I couldn’t make my trip without (Jehovah)God. I have not been posting to Pink Saturday long so it feels funny to say “welcome to Pink Saturday” ..but Welcome to Pink Saturday! Never quit. Jenn

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  20. Jacalyn
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 03:13:33

    Welcome to PS! What a lovely post! Pink is oh so much more than “girly.”

    Hugs,
    Jacalyn

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  21. alaurajane
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 03:19:56

    Amazing how a color can change your whole life,,,I hope your new venter in your life has so many wonderful shades of Pink,,,,,,,,,, happiness and Love… Happy Pink Saturday..
    great photos… have a great weekend.

    Happy Pink Saturday

    Pink Hugs;
    Alaura

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  22. Nerina
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 03:41:54

    Welcome to Pink Saturday!
    So glad that you rediscovered your love for Pink…and your life renewal starts now…you go girl!!
    Enjoy a wonderful weekend xOxO Nerina

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  23. Erika
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 04:14:40

    Oh wow, this is such a wonderful post! it was such great pleasure reading it! Thanks for sharing…It really made me think about so many things in life…
    Happy Pink Saturday to you, and even though it is too late here to go shopping for some strawberries tonight, I’ll surely stop by the market tomorrow to pick some up, and fix myself a nice shake :o)
    Smiles,
    Erika

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  24. Leeann
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 04:47:09

    Welcome to Pink Saturday. What a lovely post, it was nice to read about what pink means to you.

    Hope you are having a great Saturday,

    Leeann

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  25. Teena
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 06:23:15

    As I’m in Australia, I just woke up to find a Heap of comments on my blog on Sunday morning! I’ve only been blogging since January, not many people read my blog, so thankyou all very much for stopping bye to say hello. I’ll try hard to visit everyone’s blog as soon as I can, please stop by here again for another visit when you can
    /smiles from Teena xxx

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  26. Tobi Britton
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 07:26:16

    What lovely Pink thoughts! You made me remember that I once had a birthday party when I was little- I think 6 yrs or so and the theme was “Hot Pink”! (It was in the 60’s)
    My cake was hot pink (or close to it), and my present was a pink bike. It wasn’t hot pink, more like pepto bismol and it was a “Roll-Fast” which embarrassed me cause I was chubby.
    I did love the party however, it was nice to remember after so many years!
    Welcome to Pink Saturday!
    Sparkly Hugs,
    Tobi and the Pixies!

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  27. Sarah
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 08:44:57

    Welcome to Pink Saturday! Bravo for you for rediscovering some pink in your life. I enjoyed your post and will visit again.

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  28. Maggie
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 09:38:41

    What a wonderful first pink post! Welcome! This was so nice!

    Happy Pink Saturday!

    In Shoes We Trust,
    Maggie
    “Do these shoes match this purse?”

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  29. vicki thompson
    Apr 25, 2010 @ 10:47:49

    Hi, Teena,
    I enjoyed your post very much. Sometimes it takes a while to find out who we really are and what things we enjoy the most. It sounds like you have found your true self and are enjoying your life with things that matter the most. I find the older I become the more content I become. Welcome to Pink Saturday, my friend, and have a beautiful weekend enjoying all things pink!! Vicki

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  30. Ladynred
    Apr 26, 2010 @ 06:38:49

    Welcome to PS!Beautiful pinks. You are a brave and strong woman.

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  31. Beverly
    Apr 30, 2010 @ 03:31:23

    Teena, welcome to your first Pink Saturday. I am so glad you decided to join us.

    Your post is wonderful, and it makes me smile to read that you are getting in touch with your heart. Pink is a color of happiness. Thank you for sharing your joy with us.

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  32. Creativeindulzenz
    May 05, 2010 @ 04:55:47

    Hi Teena,
    i enjoyed going thru your posts.and yes pink is preety ,i reminds me of my chilhood and the craze i had for everything pink drinks[not stawbarry milk but somthing sweet and reddish pink ,a mixture of herbs ,we call it SHARBAT in India}
    i would love to follow your blog .i have started my bloggyland adventure from past few weeks.
    please do visit my blog .
    greetings
    Rachana

    Reply

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