Today’s Daily Prompt word is Pink and I dedicate this post to my wonderful late mother – Nitana Elizabeth Pnematicatos nee Chimato
My mother had a thing against pink – not as far as the colour for clothing etc was concerned – no – it was the pink (or red) colouring in drinks for kids that she abhorred. She was convinced that drinking anything pink would make her offspring sick. If we went to a birthday party she’d say – don’t drink anything raspberry or strawberry flavoured – it will make you sick. If we were out for milkshakes, she would not allow us to have one if it were pink. I didn’t think to question it at the time. I believed her and in fact the one time I did try a strawberry flavoured milkshake – I brought it all up. But then I did have food fetishes so it could have been purely psychological.
One Mother’s Day I made a card for her and wrote this rhyme in it. Today would have been her 89th birthday and this coming Sunday is Mother’s Day.
Mom’s Aversion to Red or Pink
Mom had an aversion to a drink
That had the colour red or pink
Insisted we must never take
Red cold drink or pink milkshake
She taught us how to use the loo
The tricky art of tying a shoe,
How to add up sums in tens
And to drive a Mercedes Benz.
We weren’t allowed in the sun’s ray
For two hours after 12 midday
She did not want our skins to fry
So made us white sunscreen apply.
She along with our dear dad
Taught us what was good and bad
To always go the honest way
And make sure our bills we pay.
And when it came to what to drink
There’s no way we would ever think
Of taking strawberry or red
For fear of bringing up in bed
So we have learnt to use sunscreen
Be polite, honest and clean
Above all though we know our drink
Must never be of red or pink.
Happy Birthday and Happy Mother’s Day, Mom. May you be enjoying some PINK Champers in heaven!