The Rein*carnation of Pink

Like Audrey Hepburn, I believe in miracles, in kissing (lots of glorious kissing!), that happy girls are the prettiest girls, and also I believe in pink. I want to elaborate on that last one: I believe in the power of pink. And the variety and symbolism of pink. There are many hues of this magical color: magenta, rose, coral, pale peony, peach, seashell, and bubblegum, to name a few. Compassion, playfulness, humility, and youth are all embodied by the color pink. When paired with soft greens, the fresh look amps up energy and spirit. In fact, I will argue that when displayed with style, almost anything can be beautiful if it’s pink.

Let’s take the cheap-o stigma of carnations, Dianthus to be fancy. There’s a scene in Sex and the City, during which Charlotte scorns carnations and Carrie banters back, appreciating their simple charm. Especially in pink. I was in the grocery store for some tasty delights when I came across some pretty stems of Dianthus. Sold. Once home, I arranged them un-cut and all mixed in a tall pitcher. Blegh! I thought, “Ok, Charlotte has a point.” But I didn’t give up on them so easily and was inspired to transform those lanky, cock-eyed carnations into stylish cups of dreamy Dianthus. Pink Dianthus. You know, because I believe in them and pink and all… wink.

These inspired one happy, consequently pretty girl who will always believe in the underdog. Unless they’re up against the Steelers, but that’s a story for another time. Cough! Superbowl XLV! Cough!


2 thoughts on “The Rein*carnation of Pink

  1. According to Christian legend, carnations first appeared on Earth as Jesus carried the Cross. It was then that the Mary shed tears at Jesus’ plight Legend tells us that and carnations grew from where her tears fell. It was for this reason that the pink carnation became the symbol of a mother’s undying love. In 1907 it was chosen by Ann Jarvis as the emblem of Mother’s Day, now observed in the United States and Canada on the second Sunday in May.

    A very underated flower. You just can’t beat their longevity when cut and the heavenly scent!

    • I love this fact – I almost included it to show just that – it’s much more profound in symbolism and grace than most think. I love them! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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