Skyblue Pink

pink clouds in a blue skyWhen my late and beloved grandfather was asked to name a color, he would say “skyblue pink”. It turns out the word has been around since before the turn of the 19/20 century (my grandfather was born in 1910), but he most probably picked it up from reading Uncle Wiggily stories to my mother and then to me. I certainly remember his reading Uncle Wiggily to me.

So, when I saw this sky–whenever I see pink and blue blending together like this–I think of my grandfather. Even though he’s gone, now, and we still miss him very much, things that remind me of him make me happy. He was that kind of person.

On a semi-related note, my “v” key is sticking today. Do you think that’s where the poetic abbreviation “ne’er” for “never” came from–their keyboards were sticking? No? Well, I daresay you’re right.

WRITING PROMPT: Have a character use a phrase or word from his or her childhood or picked up during childcare, like a gangster who drops a gun and says, “Oopsie!”



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Skyblue Pink

  1. Leslie R. Lee

    September 25, 2010 at 11:10pm

    Pretty shot and the color description is perfect for those kinds of skies.

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  2. Holly Jahangiri

    November 27, 2011 at 1:58pm

    I remember Uncle Wiggly!

    You come up with the BEST writing prompts, Marian. Really and truly you do.

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  3. Marion Driessen

    December 27, 2011 at 3:47pm

    During Christmas dinner, my father told us about his dad and his brothers. We never knew that our granddad wrote too, in the local newspaper! What a pleasant surprise.@Marian Allen

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      Marian Allen

      December 27, 2011 at 3:53pm

      That is so cool! All the things our parents don’t think to share with us. ~shakes head~

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