All of my life, since I was a tiny girl, I've said that my favorite color is red.
In every other area, I am terribly wishy-washy about naming a "favorite". A while back I did a Spin Cycle list of my favorite things, and in order to come up with answers I had to qualify everything very specifically. Instead of naming "Favorite Movie" I named "Favorite Meryl Streep Movie In Which She Uses An Accent".
But when it comes to favorite color, there's never been any questioning or wavering.
"What's your favorite color, Gretchen?"
"My favorite color is RED!"
The other day, for the first time in my life, I actually asked myself "Why is red your favorite color?"
And the answer is..."I don't know."
And what's more, I don't even know if it's true!
This revelation has shaken me to my core. If my favorite color isn't red, what else am I delusional about? How well do I actually know myself?
I mean, I like red. But is it my favorite? Hmmm.
Red was always my Daddy's favorite color, Mama was blue (to match her eyes), but Daddy was a red man. We were always buying him red sweaters and socks. I was such a Daddy's girl that I must have snagged his favorite color for myself.
I've owned a long string of red dresses in my life...
...but when I look through my closet today, I mostly see blues and greens and browns. And black. A lot of black. But that's not because I particularly care for black, it's just that I think it's "slimming"
So...if my favorite color isn't red, what is it? I feel so lost.
I've always gravitated to rich, dark colors - pine green, burgundy, navy blue, chocolate brown. Those are the colors that comfort my eye and...please me.
But in decorating, I tend to lean toward yellows, greens and blues. One of our bathrooms is a lovely shade that I like to call Tiffany Box Blue, and the other one is a crazy, bright, almost-day-glo green apple color. The living room's a buttery yellow, the office is sage green, the bedroom is terracotta. No red.
Back in the '80s, I went to one of those Color Me Beautiful parties and had my colors done. I was told I was a "Winter", which was all jewel tones. But when I look at the "Winter Swatch" from the Color Me Beautiful website (there still is such a thing) now...
...I kind of go "Ewwww." And this seems to further debunk the red thing.
So I started poking around the internet and found a website of "favorite color meanings" - what your favorite color says about you. Here's what they say about a red personality...
Red - The color of strength, health, and vitality, red is often the color chosen by someone outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and impulsive [well, I guess I'm outgoing and impulsive anyway]...It goes with an ambitious nature but those who choose it can be abrupt at times, determined to get all they can out of life, quick to judge people and take sides. [So completely not me that it's crazy.] Red people are usually optimistic and can’t stand monotony; they are rather restless and not at all introspective, so they may be unaware of their own shortcomings. [Huh?] They find it hard to be objective and may blame others for any mishaps...Red is usually chosen by people with open and uncomplicated natures, with a zest for life. [I fear I am terribly complicated, and not so zesty.]
So very not me.
I scrolled through the other colors, looking for myself -
White - Purity, innocence and naivete [Yeah, right!]
Green - Harmony and balance, refined and civilized [Not so much.]
Blue - Soft, serving, patient, self-controlled [Uh, no way.]
Yellow - Happy, sunny, clear and precise thinkers [Oh good Lord no.]
But then, I found this...
Maroon - Harsh experience has probably matured the Maroon person into someone likable and generous. It is often a favorite color of someone who has been battered by life but has come through. It indicates a well-disciplined Red personality—one who has had difficult experiences and has not come through unmarked but who has grown and matured in the process.
I'm a red, who has been battered by life into a maroon!
And it's so true! Suddenly, I'm noticing maroon and burgundy all around me. Maybe it's been my favorite color for years and years, but I've never named it.
"What is your favorite color, Gretchen?"
"My favorite color is maroon!"
Do you have a favorite color? Has it changed over the years?
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Next week on The Spin Cycle...
I think we are now far enough into it to have a few things to say on the subject.
What are you doing/thinking about/planning/playing/enduring this winter?
Do you love it or hate it?
Are you a snow bunny or snowbound?
Winter Wonderland, Winter Solstice, winter white, winter games, winter recipes, Winter Warlock, "Now is the winter of our discontent."
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