Day 68: Why the Color Purple Demands Respect


Stop! The color purple needs our attention!

I never saw a purple cow; I never hope to see one; but I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one. “ Frank Gelett Burgess

Purple, a combination of a striking red and a calming blue, makes a statement.  In it’s lighter form, it may portray a gentle softness.  In it’s vivid form, we find boldness.

Nature paints the color purple in fields and skies. Thinking of purple sends my mind to a field of lavender with its striking aroma.  Psychology Today indicates that the smell of  lavender helps with relaxation, but what about the color purple? For some reason a light purple makes me think of smocking, a linen drawer, and a grandmother’s collection of something.

Hollywood makes money from the color purple. Spielburg’s The Color Purple, starring Whoopie Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Danny Glover, is about anything but royalty.  As we watch the life of these poor African Americans, we contrast the beauty of the fields surrounding the poor family.

Traditionally, royalty owned the color purple. Expensive to produce, the color purple was traditionally harvested from a type of mollusk.  The pricey cloth it produced was sold to those who could afford it-often the royal class.

Purple is said to spur creativity. Ezine Articles mentions that the creatives prefer purple.  We can certainly see the preference with the artist formerly known as Prince.

A purple heart serves to honor those who have sacrificed. I surely can’t leave out the purple heart given to those who serve so selflessly for our country.

Whether we fancy or don’t prefer the color purple, it demands both our respect and our attention.  So, the next time you come across the color purple, stop and give it a second glance.  While you’re at it, say a prayer of thanks to God that we have eyes to enjoy this honorable color.



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