Red All Over

When I was a little girl, this old chestnut was one of my favorite riddles…

“What’s black and white and read all over?”

“A newspaper!”

That riddle is outdated in more than one way these days.  Newspapers are definitely not “read all over” like they were in the 1960’s.

But that’s food for another post.

Today, I’m talking about red literally, as in the color red.  In an effort to brighten the grey winter landscapr and lift my downtrodden spirits, I’ve proclaimed February my personal red month.  That’s right. I’m wearing red everyday this month, even if it’s only my red-banded wristwatch.

It  all started the other day, when I wore a red sweater in honor of  National Wear Red Day, an event sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise awareness about women’s heart health.  Many of you probably know this statistic, but it bears repeating…more women die from heart disease than from any other disease, including breast cancer.  It also bears repeating that heart attacks don’t present the same symptoms in women as they do in men and thus are often overlooked when women go in for treatment, even into the emergency room.  If you haven’t educated yourself about heart disease in women, this is the month you can read about it all over

My literal heart is just fine, but this winter my emotional heart has been hurting.  I been hit hard with SAD (seasonal affective disorder).  This is one of the coldest, grayest, snowiest winters I can remember, and it’s been terribly emotionally draining.  Nothing makes me happy these days.  I feel bone tired, listless.  I have difficulty concentrating, and a persistent dull headache.

But the other day, wearing that red sweater, along with my red wristwatch and some red earrings, I felt my mood lift just a little.  After all, red is the color associated with energy and excitement.  In our culture, it bears connotations of love and desire.  For the Chinese, red symbolizes luck and is the color of celebration.  In chromotherapy (using color as a healing power), red was used to stimulate the body and mind and increase circulation.

I could use a nice big dose of all those things.

I even bought myself a cute red wool jacket, with a coordinating scarf and red fuzzy gloves.  (You would not believe the sale I found, either…)  Now I’m on the lookout for a red purse to complete the ensemble.

I’m talking red to the limit here, folks.

I really am RED all over.

How about you?  Is there a particular color that lifts your spirits and brightens your mood?


7 thoughts on “Red All Over

  1. That was one of my favorite riddles. I also liked, “Why did the little boy throw the clock out the window? He wanted to see time fly.”

    As for color, it’s green, in every one of its shades. My living and dining rooms are done in a combination of “heavy cream” and an indescribable Martha Stewart green called “Galyx”. It shifts in the light, but it’s deep, with yellow undertones. Jungle green.

    If I could capture the color of light coming through a jungle canopy, I’d use that. That light is like distilled green. It makes me smile 😉

    • I’m a big green fan too (Michigan State colors notwithstanding – sorry Jeanie, we’re a Wolverine family here!) In fact, my living room colors are dark forest greens and deep rose. It’s kind of outdated these days when the “desert colors” are in, but I still like it. Reminds me of a leafy green forest – feels cool and calming in summer, and warm and cozy in winter.

  2. I love the mix of purple and yellow flowers. That always makes me happy. And I love the afternoons when I cross a bridge and the sky and water together is a shimmery/silvery/grayish blue.

  3. Love that riddle — always have. And you’re right — that’s a post all its own!

    That said, just about any bright color gives me a lift. I’m partial to a bright apple green — not quite chartreuse, but a little more intense version of that! Maybe it’s what Shoreacres referred to or close. But then a bright deep turquoise or rich fuschia or magenta or sunny yellow does that for me, too.

    That said, I’m eating my red apple right now!

  4. Red is my favorite color. I went shopping with a friend a couple of days ago and she bought a red purse (with three pockets on the outside). It made me think of my very old red purse that’s still on a shelf in my closet. Big purses are all the rage now, and I may just pull it out.

    My sister used to tease me about loving red. She said that I liked to be seen. I really was much more of an extrovert back then. I think I read somewhere that the baby of the family loves bright colors, and I’m the youngest of my siblings.

    Anyway, red it is! It rocks.

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