Ok I admit it – I do wear a little bit of pink. In my defence that is usually gym kit – often the pink version is the cheapest colour in the men’s range. Pink climbing kit was often discounted. Pink also made sense on the hills – if I got into trouble then at least pink would stand out. When I bought a new Goalkeepers top the pink version was the one that made the best financial sense – clearly no one else was buying that style. It’s definitely a pretty colour. Look what a bit of pink does to the sky. One day it might even work on me. Much sniggering.
“Dad why is pink seen as a girls colour?”
We did go through a phase when pink was for girls and blue was for boys. But not always. It really only started during the last century. In fact prior to that blue was often seen as a feminine colour. I think I read somewhere that pink may have been switched to feminine because of the influence of French Fashion.
“Was I dressed in blue then as a baby?”
Erm NO. We had bought you white baby gear but you came out far smaller than expected. Not the great lump I had been. Your poor Grandma, she was only 4f10 and having to cope with a lump like me. Anyway you were too small for your clothes so I was sent out to buy new ones. I picked the first ones that would fit you. I didn’t check and when we opened them, they were pink. So you were dressed in pink. It was mentioned a few times that you had the wrong clothes colour. A few days later I was sent out to buy some more clothes this time with clear instructions to buy white. I messed up again an got a load of blue stuff.
“Which is useful as my favourite colour has always been blue.”
It has Hawklad, I remember as a baby and you were given two blue celebration balloons. You loved them. I didn’t tell you but I had to buy a new packet of them and keep blowing them up for you. Often they were the only things that would stop you crying. Maybe it was those blue balloons that influenced you.
“How long did I play with balloons then?
Until you found the delights of chucking objects at me. Toys, spoons, food. Anything you could get your hands on. Maybe you thought I was a giant balloon.
“Definitely an odd coloured balloon. Your definitely full of hot air…”
And I frequently make that sound balloons make when you start to let the air out. I did try to dress you in black and white stripes once.
“Tell me you didn’t put me in Newcastle United colours.”
I did. Does that make me a bad parent.
“It’s nothing short of abuse”
Anyway as soon as you could talk you basically said NO to my football team colours. You just wanted to wear blue as much as possible.
“Even picked a football team that played in blue.”
You did. You would always support the blue sports team. When I would watch England play you would support the blue team. Don’t tell Boris Johnson but what was often France and Italy.
“I still do. All thanks to those balloons.”
Yes Hawklad all thanks to those blue balloons. Why didn’t I buy black and white striped ones.
“Because Dad if they are like your football team they would just keep going DOWN”
Oh how true you are…..