Roses Are Red, February is…

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up.” Allen Klein

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.


My “Secret Subject” is:

Most of us associate Red with the month of February.  Choose another color for the month and why did you choose that color?  

It was submitted by:

When I received my prompt this month, my youngest daughter was with me.  I asked her (rhetorically) how I was going to write a whole blog post around a color?  Of a month!  Her suggestions on what color I should pick:

  1. Black – like your soul, when another Valentine’s Day comes and goes with no gifts or acknowledgment from your beloved.
  2. Blue – like your tears, when another Valentine’s Day comes and goes with no gifts or acknowledgement from your beloved.

I have to admit, these were excellent suggestions, and I’m a little ashamed I didn’t think of them myself.  However, there is only one teensy problem.  As much as I LOVE putting  my husband in the hot seat, I can’t in good conscience throw him under the proverbial bus with this post.

The truth is that we don’t “do” Valentine’s Day.  Honestly, I think it’s a stupid holiday, but that’s a whole other blog post.

So I can’t pick red.  I’m not really a fan of pink, which would be the next obvious choice.  I associate green with March, yellow with summer, orange and brown with fall.  Black is tempting.  My wardrobe is comprised of mostly black and gray, so matching would be easy peasy.  So many colors, so many choices.

I decided to look up all the holidays occurring in the month of February to see if a particular color jumped out at me.

  • Groundhog Day
  • National Signing Day
  • World Cancer Day
  • National Wear Red
  • Super Bowl
  • Chinese New Year
  • Mardi Gras
  • Pancake Day
  • Ash Wednesday
  • World Radio Day
  • Valentine’s Day
  • International Condom Day
  • President’s Day
  • International Mother Language
  • National Margarita Day
  • Grammy and Academy Awards

International Condom Day?  “Love is the best protection” is the motto for this unofficial holiday and the AHF (AIDS Healthcare Foundation) distributes LOVE-branded condoms at events across the world.  Who knew!  But that doesn’t really help me with a color, other than red or flesh-colored.  Nude.  I hate that term “flesh-colored.”  It reminds me of that movie, “Silence of the Lambs.”  The movie where he kidnaps overweight girls, dumps them in a hole, starves them and then uses their loose skin…oh…now I’ve freaked myself out.  Moving on… Is ribbed a color?  Ha!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist 😉

International Mother Language?  Started by UNESCO, this unofficial holiday “promotes the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.”  The day actually represents a day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh (  It’s been celebrated since 2000 and encourages linguistic diversity.  Very interesting, but languages portray the color red I think, maybe because of “love languages.”

Pancake and Margarita Day require no explanation.  These two unofficial holidays would only be better if they were on the same day!  Pancakes for breakfast and Margarita’s for dinner!  Actually that feels restrictive, I love breakfast for dinner and I think Margarita’s could be a fruit substitute for breakfast.  Pancakes and Margarita’s – all day, every day 😀  Who is with me?

February is also Black History and American Heart Month.  National African American History and National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention are also observed.

Each month has official fruits…did you know?  February is oranges, star fruit, calabaza squash, chayote squash, bitter melon.  All those fruits seem to be in the red/orange/yellow category, except chayote squash (which I’ve never heard of) which is green, sort of looks like an avocado.  Bitter melons are also green and look more like cucumbers than melons.

The birthstone is amethyst and the flower is violet.  I hadn’t thought of purple!  Purple doesn’t really inherently remind me of another month, so it could work for February.


Purple reminds me of royalty and wealth, a rich feminine color bolder than pink yet more subtle than red.  It feels like a romantic color to me, also considered meditative.  I find the color relaxing, more stimulating than blue.  Purple stirs my imagination, it’s a fun and flashy color.  The color purple is said to symbolize the union of body and soul.  It’s a color for dreamers and philosophers creating a harmony between the mind and the spirit.  Violet represents selfless love and compassion, perfect for the month of February.  All the shades of purple promote creativity, magic and mystery.  Purple can awaken feelings of nostalgia and romance. The color purple evokes rich thoughts and feelings, channeling both power and wisdom, humility and sensitivity fusing body, mind and spirit.

I never realized colors could be so complicated and full of depth.  I’ll never look at the color purple the same way again.

I declare PURPLE as the new color for the month of February!


“I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.”  Alice Walker

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14 thoughts on “Roses Are Red, February is…

  1. Purple is also the color for Alzheimer’s Awareness so I use it quite a bit and never get tired of seeing it. Purple for February it is! My husband and I don’t do gifts either. It’s just a stupid Hallmark holiday.

    • I did not know it was the color of Alzheimer’s Awareness! I used to work at a retirement village, I feel like I should have known this :/ V-Day could fall off the calendar and I’d be ok with that 😀

  2. Purple is my favorite color — my living room and bedroom have lots of purple. The quote you had at the top of your post got my attention immediately as Allen Klein was one of the first people I interviewed on my show and he is America’s only Jollytologist!

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