So today is the day you wear green – or you may get pinched – at least that’s how it was when I was growing up and all through school. Oh the HORROR of forgetting to wear green on that one day – once a year – to show up with not a SPECK of green on – and then open yourself up to the awful and sometimes painful PINCHING!!
This morning I had no green on – I was in my workout clothes – but my water bottle has a little green on it – so I felt fairly sure that no one would even THINK of pinching me – that and I have a pretty big, strong husband always around me too at the gym – so all things considered – I guess no one was going to DARE to pinch me!
I came home, showered and got dressed and remembered to wear a green t-shirt with my jeans for teaching my students this afternoon. And every child that came into my home today was appropriately in green as well. Then one 7th grade boy came for his piano lesson and the green was so faint on his t-shirt – you had to almost have a magnifying glass to see it – and I teased him about it – saying, “Oh Tyler – I bet you got a lot of pinches from girls today!” And he said “NO WAY – I’m wearing green – see?”
While still teaching him his piano lesson – my silly husband came around the corner and I could see him out of the corner of my eye and noticed he had NO green on!! So I told him he better get some on or everyone would be pinching him! To which Tyler starting laughing and I proceeded to tell Greg that Tyler didn’t want ANY girls pinching him – and pointed to his shirt with the almost NO green on it. Greg without missing a beat said, “When you’re older Tyler, you won’t mind the girls pinching you!” And Tyler and I burst out laughing! It was a fun day!
Happy St. Paddy’s Day to everyone!
My husband was the minister at a memorial service this morning – for a dear “saint” of God – who, in her own writing of her testimony – told how she had a life of struggle and circumstance – and was NO saint. Just a grateful recipient of God’s favor, grace and mercy. Sound familiar? Yes – it does for me too.
Greg then mentioned how each person on her life journey had impacted her life – and was like a “color”. Each person we meet through life – touches us and adds “color” to our lives – and when they are gone – that “color” is gone.
I have thought about this off and on throughout the last several months – people in our lives that represent “color” to us. Each one a different shade – giving us something we would not have without them.
As a musician I often use “color” examples to my students. I like them to know what it means to use the “tone” in their voice to match a certain color. Sometimes the student sings too “bright” or “yellow” and I need to use a dark color such as “deep red” or “deep purple” to get them to change the tone in their voice. This works well with students – because everyone can understand what a color represents – and then try to mimic that sound with their singing voice.
I am “dark pink” – not bright and sunny like “yellow” – not too dark like a “deep red” or “deep purple” – I am positive – but sensitive and at times complicated.
I have some friends that are “yellow” – very up and positive ALL THE TIME. I also have some friends that are very “deep red” or “deep purple” they are dark and mysterious, complicated and in their own right – fascinating and ever changing. And I have friends in the middle with various shades of green and blue.
My husband is “blue” – easy going – uncomplicated – predictable and cautious. He is simply the best and kindest of men – with a heart of gold.
My son is “dark green” – he’s a little like me – deep and sensitive – but also like his father – easy going and laid down.
My daughter is “fire engine RED” She’s a black and white – no nonsense girl – who wears her emotions and feelings out in the open – there’s no hiding with her – she’s unpretentious and authentic – irreverent and wonderful. You never have to wonder where you stand with Ashlee – if she doesn’t tell you – her look will knock you over.
My sweet son-in-law is “blue” like my husband – easy going, uncomplicated – with a good kind lovable heart.
What’s your color? Is there anyone missing from your color palette today? We all need each other – for that perfect balanced rainbow of color in our lives.
Have an awesome weekend!