Pink is the challenge choice this week:
I personally find pink a restful colour, it brings to mind naive childhood blushes, spring flowers, and a funeral.
Don’t despair, it was a lovely tribute to a lovely girl who died at the age of 17 from a savage strain of leukaemia which snuffed out her young life in a matter of weeks.
Her favourite colour was pink, so it was asked that attendees to her service wore something of that hue rather than the usual dark and sombre attire such an event attracts.
Her coffin was pink, surrounded by the lightest pink flowers, the chapel packed with her friends and family decked out in an array of pink ties, trousers, jackets, skirts, blouses, dresses and scarves.
“You’re Beautiful” by James Blunt played as 6 of her male school friends carried her in.
The service was a celebration of her life, the many hearts and souls she touched in such a short time.
There were tears of grief and sorrow, but this changed to laughter at the end when the music of choice was ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’, a personal favourite of hers, and so very much in keeping with her personality and attitude, even at her lowest ebb.
That was 12 years ago. I think of her sometimes, whenever I hear either of those songs, or simply when I see pink petals en masse or smell the fragrant aroma of pink roses.