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Me In My Colors


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A woman wearing colorful clothing and holding a flower in the woods.I passed my childhood years in a simple home with honest, hard working and uncomplicated parents and two younger brothers. Ours was an immigrant family and we struggled daily to meet our essential needs. My small world consisted of Dad, Mom, my brothers, school, play, home cooked meals, church on Sunday, responsibilities consistent with my age and the security of a well ordered home. I was so very fortunate.

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I didn't know what extras were and in the not knowing, I didn't have the craving or interest in the material seasonings in life. What I liked, wanted and needed, beyond my loving family, was color.

Color, all color, was vibrant and fed my young spirit. It stimulated my five senses and imagination. It shaped my personality and helped me form opinions and standards I live by today.

I'm 67 years old now and I still embrace color. I like them all, especially the basic ones. They're all cheery in their own way and they make me cheery so I don't have a favorite. Even sour lemons are a cheery yellow color so how can I pick one?

Here's a recent picture of me wearing my colors. My SIL snapped the photo on a day when she was cranky because she wasn't feeling well. We took a hike in the nearby woods and laughing at the colors I wore at my age, her crankiness disappeared. Color did it again, it initiated a good humor.

So how does this relate to being thrifty or frugal? For me it's simple. I see color and use color every day and in so doing, at heart and spirit, I'm still 7 years old.

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August 25, 20181 found this helpful

Thank you for sharing your lovely story!! I love color also and it is free!!! This was a refreshing read for a Saturday morning! It reminded me that life should be simple, colorful and beautiful! Wishing you all the best today and always!!

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August 26, 20180 found this helpful

Delightful Read.

Wishing you all the best.

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August 26, 20180 found this helpful

Hi Mina! Your story brought joy to me and gave me something to think about to boot! You're right, colors are a joy in every shade, and thank you so much for sharing!

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August 26, 20181 found this helpful

When I was a wee first grader in the '50s I used to color everything purple. I guess it got on my teacher's nerves so bad she almost shook the pants off me.

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I forgot about my liken for that color until just a few years ago. Today I have my bathroom decorated in shades of purple from the lavenders to plums to iris colors.

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August 27, 20180 found this helpful

Ha, now this brings back a fond memory. Back in the 70's when colored bathroom fixtures were a rage, I had a lavender colored toilet, sink and tub. The window and shower curtains were a deep violet color and here and there I used bright orange as an accent. It was an odd color combination but I loved it.

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August 26, 20180 found this helpful

I wholeheartedly agree .. colors can change your day from glum to happy - in just a few seconds.
Thanks for sharing
Betty

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August 27, 20180 found this helpful

Thanks everyone for your nice comments. In our own way(s) and to various degrees, we're all thrifty and by sharing tips and means to enhance it and have fun at the same time, that's great. That's what we're all about here on TF.com isn't it?

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August 28, 20180 found this helpful

I'm with you in these colours, Mina! I wear them proudly, and even love to "mismatch" my patterns. They are not mismatched in my eyes; I love stripes next to flowers next to solids.

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I love colours. It makes people think, makes them smile. I love this photo and story. Thanks for sharing!

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