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Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Colors of Dad

Do you ever find that you associate certain colors or palettes with a special person in your life?  I identify strongly with certain color combinations in association with my parents.  With my late mother, it was always hot pink and gold.  She was quite fond of this flashy, yet feminine combination and I'll forever think of those as "her colors".

Sadly, my father passed away last week after many years of poor health.  In honor of Father's Day, I put together a palette that reminded me of him.  It's always interesting to think of what makes us associate colors with a certain person.  Is it their clothing choices, personality or hobbies that make us see certain colors in relation to them?

My dad was part of the small generation sandwiched between the World War II generation (nicknamed the Greatest Generation) and the Baby Boomers.  I like to call it the Mad Men generation after the hit show that takes place in the early 1960's. 

They were too young to fight in WWII but too old for Vietnam. True to form in alliance with the TV show, my dad remembers that his years working for the Federal Reserve Bank in the early 60's were filled with 3 hour, 5 martini lunches!

 My dad had that Mad Men look and I think I associate his colors with some of the business shirts he wore during his working years. He never gave up the formal attire, music and sensibilities of that generation for the more casual styles and tastes later adopted by the Boomer Generation.

Dad in the late 1960's:

Dad's Colors:

So here's to all dad's out there and my dad in particular.  Their colors will always live on.


Elizabeth Brown said...

What a poignant tribute to your dad on this Father's Day which must be a little tough for you. I am sorry.

My folks were of the same generation so when I watch Mad Men I can really relate. I used to steal their cigarettes and smoke them behind the garage. What a little punk I was at seven!

My dad was a passionate sailor. Every time he took his boat out he wore one red sock and the other green connoting port and starboard. How out there was that?

Marie Brady said...

Your dad sounded like such a fun character, Elizabeth. Truly an interesting generation of people! The Baby Boomers always horrified my dad as he seemed forever frozen in the early 1960's. Thanks for your kind words as always!

Jessica L Gordon said...

So sorry for the loss of your Father so recently and also the loss of your Mother. I've too been thinking of how to pay tribute to my parents, and I think you have totally inspired me! Thank you for posting and sharing such an intimate part of you and him!

debra disman said...

A beautiful tribute indeed Marie.
Thank you for sharing about your Dad through Color.
Please accept my sympathy on your loss.
Peace and blessings to you and your family.

Unknown said...

Marie - I'm so sorry about your dad. This is a heartfelt and beautiful tribute. He would have been touched and proud, I'm sure. Thanks for sharing your parents with us.

K&B by the Sea said...

I love your dad's colour palette :-) He was a handsome gentleman, and I'm sure looked very dapper in these wonderful colours :-)

My dad's favourite colour is brown, so that's an easy colour to associate with him. I also associate dark green and navy blue with him. My mom had a lot of blue clothes and had a favourite blue swivel chair she always sat in, so the first colour I think of when I think of her is blue :-)