Thursday, April 21, 2011

Colorful Memories

Have you ever come across a specific color and had it bring back floods of memories pertaining to a certain person, place or experience? Maybe I'm not in the norm, but this happens to me all the time.

Today I happened to notice the soft pink of my cat's nose against the gold of the bell on her collar. And for some reason, it reminded me of my beautiful grandma Dorothy. Specifically of her hands-- the rosy pink nail polishes she wears and the gold rings on her fingers.

My grandma is a lovely woman. She is always very put-together, with her jewelry, permed hair, and carefully painted and filed nails. Her favorite colors are turquoise and pink, as can be easily noted by the decor of her home and the clothes she wears. (Although, my grandpa always loved her in red, as he repeatedly vocalized-- isn't that sweet? I wonder what color my husband prefers me in...)

Here is a picture of her at my wedding last summer:

Isn't she beautiful? Her demeanor is the same as her appearance-- She is such a polite, sweet and classy woman. I've never heard her say a curse word in my life, nor does she talk negatively about other people. I guess you could say she takes the classic phrase to heart: "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all."  I truly admire my grandma for all that she is.

And back to the point of this post. Since certain colors always bring back so many memories, I've decided to start a "Colorful Memories" theme in which I share photos with colors that represent a memory of mine. The photos themselves are just for inspiration-- they don't actually represent the person, place or experience. It's the colors that bring on the memory.

As I type this, I can vividly see the pink polishes lined up behind the glass of her buffet cabinet; the long, turquoise couches in the living room; the gold hoop earrings she wears all the time. The colors of my grandma-- at least through my eyes.

Photos via We Heart It

Do any colors bring back certain memories for you? I'd love to know!


Kyle said...

This is so creative! That is neat that colors bring back memories for you. This happens to me but for a different type of color - music. Particular songs will remind me of moments in my life. One I can instantly think of is "You Get What You Give" by the New Radicals. When I hear that song, it reminds me of when I was 15 riding in a tour bus and after passing some hills I saw Paris for the first time. It was the coolest feeling ever. There are so many more like this, but I won't ramble on your blog...

Your Grandma sounds like a neat person. I can tell that she rubbed off on you :)

Anonymous said...

A wonderful thought provoking post - for me it is smells that bring memories flooding into my mind, and sometimes it works the other way around too - I think about a specific person and I can instantly smell them, even though I might not have seen them for years and years!

Jennie Bennett said...

What a beautiful way to express how you feel about your grandma. My grandmother died when I was nineteen, but whenever I see a yellow rose it reminds me of her. It was her favorite flower and it was so fitting that it means friendship, as she was so willing to see the good in everyone. Thank you for reminding me of that.

Michelle Porth said...

Kyle-- I definitely know what you mean with songs! Certain songs do that for me too! Although I'm horrible with music and never know the names of the songs or the artists... I just remember the lyrics. :)

JLS-- They say smell is the strongest sense; it's amazing you can "smell" your memories just by thinking about them! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

Jen-- Thanks for stopping by! I'm loving your blog; I dream of being a writer someday (although I guess I am a writer, just not an author...) Good luck with your book! And I love the yellow rose memory of your grandmother-- so sweet.