Tuesday, March 30, 2010

pink

Lately Adelaide and I have been the happiest when we head out into the city for day-long adventures. We take the bus downtown and will spend all day wandering the seawall, having lunch together at favourite yummy spots, perhaps pausing for our favourite hot chocolate, hitting a few shops or bookstores or the Aquarium. Many times we will visit our friends Tristan and Isolde at Lost Lagoon and the amazing Blue Heron nesting site. And often on our days out we will stop by a business-end flower vender for 3 bunches of tulips for $5.

The only problem is that, with dozens of amazing and wonderful colours to choose from, Adelaide will only ever let me buy pink tulips. Pink! PINK! PIIINK! She will moan and I really don't have a choice but the pink... some fights just aren't worth fighting.

Pink. I always thought that - maybe - my little girl may be one who adores another hue. I've surrounded her with, encouraged, and shown her a whole world of colours, but she will pick pink most every time. Perhaps this will change some day, but for now, my Adelaide is just one more little girl who loves pink.

28 comments:

blair said...

you guys remind me of similar days with Emma when she was A's age. Those were such fun days. I recall a pink stage here too.

ann.e said...

my 2.5 year old is the same!! I don't understand where/how she came to love pink, but it's literally all she talks about :)

~april said...

your daughter is so darling! :)

Comrade Buttons said...

When I was a little girl, all the way up to seventh grade, my favorite color was pink. Now I'm into all sorts of blues, greens, red, etc. Don't worry about it, haha. Pink is a lovely, warm and comfortable color though... Maybe it's a good thing.

Tiffany said...

That is so sweet. I love reading about your lovely days together. It's funny how Adelaide loves pink. My cousin's daughter loves pink too, and not just any pink, HOT pink. I'm sure she will come to appreciate all colours when she's ready :)

Himiko said...

It's merely the age! Luckily little girls grow out of this pink fase and all the other colors start regaining their appeal. After over a year of "anything pink is the most beautiful thing on earth" my girl who's now 4,5 years old has now moved on to equally liking yellow and blue again... hang in there! :)

Amanda said...

sigh... I never encouraged pink either but somehow she just knows that's her favorite color. how is that possible? not to mention all the princess-y things!

April said...

She's about that age where she realizes there's a difference between boys and girls, and that pink is a girl color.

It's a phase and she'll grow out of it. :)

PS
Your photo is not showing. :(

Sweet Tater said...

I know what you mean. My little "free spirit" daughter is also in love with pink and purple. I guess some girl things just happen, no matter what we do. LOL But I can remember when I was a little girl. I was in NO way a "girly girl" but I still loved purple. And now my favorite color is orange and has been for years. So, it will probably pass.

Rose said...

My little girl, who just a bit younger than yours, also adores pink. I think it comes genetically pre-programmed!

April said...

Looks like the photo is fixed! :)

sew nancy said...

sounds like a perfectly lovely way to spend the day
my daughter loves pink too- she calls it 'peents' and scrunches up her nose and lifts her chin and says it in this funny voice.
she does like other colors but pink is the favorite and she always points out other girls who are wearing it.

A is adorable.

unha e said...

hehe. :) add my jinu and ava to the list. pink and purple!

I just hope when J goes to Kindgergarten, he is not discouraged by "pink! that's girls' color!"

Sharilyn, just wanted to tell you that coming to read your blog is such happiness inducer! xoxo

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Amanda said...

Such a beautiful photo - you always manage to capture such beautiful shots of your little cutie :)

may said...

what a sweet little girl. your day trips sound so wonderful. i bet she just loves them, especially with all the nice weather.

danielle said...

I wanted to leave a little note I recently wrote about the same thing..

http://goodybaby.wordpress.com/2010/03/31/in-defense-of-pink/

I also did your goodie bags for the birthday party. Love that idea.

thanks,
Danielle

Bug Bug Studio said...

i love your blog... thank you for the mom inspiration... I am still stuck letting my Lucy watch too much TV! Maybe she and I need a city adventure soon!

Kangaroopals said...

how cute...Pink.

sonj said...

sounds like awesome adventures :). i was curious as to where you can find the 3 bunches for 5$ tulips in van? :) have a great weekend!

carmen said...

your blog is lovely indeed..

Crumbs and Quibbles said...

You must read the story Priscilla and the Pink Planet. At least I think that's the name of the book. It is adorable and would be right up Adelaide's alley. It's a charming story about a little girl who lives on a pink planet, once fed up with all the pink, the little girl discovers a way to add more color to the world. I won't say how she does it, but it's awfully clever. If you get the book, please let me know how it was received. Adelaide might be a bit young for the story but the pictures are pink perfect.

ines said...

My neices both went through a pink is the only colour that exists stage, until pink morphed into purple, then blue. Conversely, my son who is a bit younger than your daughter, always wants a blue cup, to wear blue shirts and has told me he would like me to bake him a blue birthday cake. Go figure.

Lila said...

Those are beautiful tulips! My daughter also is obsessed with pink and loves hot chocs....make that chocolate in general.
Lila Ferraro
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Jeanelle said...

Hi Sharilyn, I love reading your posts, i'm not a mom yet, but just reading your posts makes me look forward to mommyhood with less fear & more enchantment. Just to think than you can take a little one through the fun journey of childhood with lots of colors & crafts is so cool :) Thanks for the inspiration :)

l o v e l y d e s i g n said...

Thank you for visiting me and for your comments, everyone!

It's funny in that Adelaide isn't really that girly of a girl. She loves trains, cars, sports. She just loves pink, too. I'm happy with this balance. I doesn't bother me at all that she loves pink - it's just really fascinating to me how she naturally loves this colour despite my steering her away from it. Thank goodness she shows absolutely no interest in princesses (yet). Knock on wood!

Sonj: The best flower deals I have seen by far come from the flower street vendors in downtown vancouver business end. There are a few of them, but I saw one again yesterday at Granville and Pender streets which had the tulips 3 bunches for $5. It's hard to resist at that price!

Jeanelle: Oh my goodness, when I found out (after weeks of pananoia that I was pregnant, I was absolutely TERRIFIED! Parenthood can be extremely scary. and it is life-changing. But I found out that (for me) that it is life-changing in the most amazing way. I think that part of that is simply deciding on having a positive and good attitude about being a parent, my daughter, and our life together.

Wendy said...

What lovely photos!

I have 3 daughters, and they have each gone through the same sequence of "favourite colours"... pink, then purple, then yellow, and then (finally!) an actual favourite. It's been funny to watch!!!

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