“The soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts.” ~ Marcus Aurelius
It’s not like the baby is going to be interacting with the panel right off, anyway. I don’t foresee my daughter and son-in-law sticking it in the crib so the child can teethe on the lead or smash the glass against the crib slats.
What I am imagining is that they may place the panel in the window of the nursery, where the sunlight will shine through it, bringing the colors to life in a parade of hues as each day progresses from dawn to dusk. Maybe it will inspire the baby to become the next Picasso.
Or maybe it will just sit on the window sill gathering dust.
Now it’s time to choose the colors. Here is what I came up with:
- Green – the color of growth and renewal; a celebration of nature and all things living.
- Orange – for warmth and vibrancy. The glow of embers in a welcoming hearth on a cold winter day. The color of California poppies dancing in a summer breeze.
- Yellow – to inspire happiness and cheerfulness and optimism.
- Purple – for nobility and opulence. A reminder to appreciate the richness and preciousness of each day.
- Red – the color of passion and fire, for when the baby is crying inconsolably at 3:00 a.m. Mom and Dad can walk the floor with Junior and keep telling themselves that it’s a sign of the little one’s feisty spirit and zest for life.
- White – the symbol of purity and cleanliness. A reflection of the beautiful innocence and profound naiveté of youth. And the color of a fresh, clean diaper!
- Brown – an earthy color that to me signifies stability, and the hope that my grandchild will find deep roots in his or her culture and family and community. (We won’t talk about diapers with this color.)
- Blue – for peace, hope, and calmness. The color of clear skies and deep, placid lakes.
- Pink – for softness and compassion… and in case it’s a girl.
So I have my palette in order. This was the easy part. It’s all still in the
visualization stage. But now it’s time to do the work. What are the colors for motivation, energy and perseverance? I’ll be needing those quite soon.