My mother told me that my color is the color of royalty. The birthstone of February which is the month I was born is Amethyst, a precious stone which purple is the color. Purple is the favorite color of Cleopatra who was the queen of Egypt, color of spirituality and good judgment. From the dictionary, amethyst is a variety of quartz which occurs in transparent light to dark purple. The darker more intense colors are more valuable than the lighter smoky or lavender color. Dark rich, royal colors of amethyst have been treasured by kings and queens for centuries and can be traced back to the Minoan period in Greece (c. 2500 B.C.). During the 15th century the French fleur-de-lis brooch could only be worn by the Royal family on ceremonial occasions Amethyst is a variety of quartz which occurs in transparent light to dark purple. The darker more intense colors are more valuable than the lighter smoky or lavender color. Dark rich, royal colors of amethyst have been treasured by kings and queens for centuries and can be traced back to the Minoan period in Greece (c. 2500 B.C.). During the 15th century the French fleur-de-lis brooch could only be worn by the Royal family on ceremonial occasions.
The color of “Forget me not” flower is purple. I planted it on my front yard to remember my Aunt who died from Ovarian Cancer. I can still recall all the days whenever she was with us, sharing her love by taking good care of us when we were still a child and giving us all things our heart desires. She is my mother’s sister. My aunt was the mother to all her nieces, nephews, younger sisters and brothers.
My favorite movie is “Clueless” with Alicia Silverstone as the leading actress; she loves purple and good things in life. She is the only child of a rich man. She is so feminine but empowered with all her decision making. Purple is synonymous to Richness, It is a sign of power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It shows wealth and extravagance. From the dictionary, It is thought as a royal color because in Roman times, there was only one way to make the color purple, which the Romans called purpura. They used the small bumps, or cysts, on the shell-fish’s body in the Mediterranean Sea, to mix up into a batch of purple dye. Because it was so hard to collect the ingredients for purple dye, not much of it was made, and it was very expensive–therefore purple was only worn by the rich and famous. Naturally, the richest and most famous people in the country were the king and queen, so they were able to wear most purple.
I got the chance to meet my fellow advocates; they are the women rights group and supporters of reproductive health bill. Most of them are wearing purple bandana over white. If purple is associated with wisdom, independence and good judgment, the Reproductive Health Bill says it all.
“Womanism is to feminism as purple is to lavender.” – Alice Walker
Lea Salonga was also born in February. As the ambassadress of the Reproductive Health Bill who will encourage everyone for the support and will spread awareness throughout the nation, nobody so far is the epitome of woman empowered at the young age when she released her childhood album ‘Small voice” and became an international artist for her award winning portrayal for “Miss Saigon” as the mother who will do everything for her child, I think it is also destiny. This is some lyrics from the musical that I will never forget, well, I watched it six times in Broadway.
“You who I cradle in my arms you asking as little as you can, little snip of a little man, I know I’ll give my life to you.” “You didn’t ask me to be born you, why should you learn of war or pain, to make sure you’re not hurt again, I swear I’ll give my life for you.”
The color purple defines so many meanings. From the people who are against the bill, it’s about pain, sufferings and mourning. While for the RH Bill supporters it’s about women’s rights, fight for equality and saving lives.
Whatever is your definition for the color purple, it is still about LIFE.