Saturday, September 19, 2009

I wonder if the Myth Busters could test this one....


Theory: There is a genetic connection passed down from one generation to another that is made up of tacky DNA.


I have been asked one question (in particular) over the years....
"Why do you like flamingos so much?"
I don't really have an answer. For as long as I can remember, I have had many different, yet all lovely, pink objects of varying sizes and materials around me. I can't give you (if you are asking, that is) a definite answer, so my pat response has been "It's DNA."
You don't mess with DNA and genes and stuff, so that answer usually buys me some time.
When I was little, my grandmother (who had her own fondness for the color pink!), had hanging in her living room, two pictures (paintings, perhaps) of flamingos.
They were quite big and were framed in what lovers of the kitschy 50's style of decorating would lust after. The frames were a light color but what set these frames apart from others were the mirrored edges around the pictures, within the frames.
I remember seeing those hanging on the wall and thinking that those two pictures were THE most beautiful things I had ever seen. I remember thinking that I really wanted those paintings.


I wish I could show you a picture of them, but...as they are safely bubble-wrapped and stored in my Mom's garage in the States, sadly, I cannot share with you their loveliness. Grandma gave them to me when I graduated from university in 1986....they are my treasures.
Remember my new toys I got yesterday? The little Pink Flamingo gift set I was so excited about?
Well...this morning, I got a really nice surprise from my sister.....with the message:
Mine say "hi" to yours from the top of my filing cabinet at work!
This....made me smile all day long!!!
(and obviously....my sis got a gene....the "clean your office and make sure there is no dust...anywhere" gene from Grandma......that seems to have missed me. dammit.)
My sister and I are 15 years and live miles/a world apart from each other, and have for most of her life, but....the magic of the flamingo...just brought us a whole hell of a lot closer!
*MythBusters image from Google**

5 comments:

smalltownmom said...

The flamingo force is strong in your family.

phd in yogurtry said...

I get the flamingo attraction. And nothing tacky about it. They are some of the most beautiful, graceful animals on the planet.

Busy Bee Suz said...

I don't think you need the mythbuster guys to figure this out, as you have already. Plus, those guys do make a freakin' mess!!!
You and your sister are SO made for each other...kitchy flamingos and all!!!

PS. I hope you got my thank you for the smilebox birthday surpise. You are the BEST!!!!!! Made my day...especially that Angel 'hunky' guy!!! :0

hulagirlatheart said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE kitchy flamingos. My favorites are the pale pink 50's type birds that look like they belong in a vintage ad for Florida vacations.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

You are flamingo girl from a flamingo family.