In the Pink

in the pinkAfter a week of having a sick kid (and a weekend of not feeling so well myself), I’m happy to say we’re finally all in the pink.

You might even say I’m tickled pink about it.

Just in time for spring break, we’re all healthy.

(I promise we’ll use sunblock during spring break. I don’t want anyone to get sunburned or end up with a pink nose or anything.)

Because I’m me, I had to take a trip through Google-land to look up the origins of the phrase “in the pink.”

Because I know you care, I decided to share it with you.

In the Pink.

tickled pink that were in the pinkEven if you don’t care, humor me. It’s like that egg thing, you just have to keep reading to see where the train wreck finally happens.

According to the free dictionary the phrase actually has two meanings.

  1. in very good condition, physically and emotionally
  2. very strong and operating well

The second definition is used to talk about businesses. Ask any businessman. He’ll tell you he would much rather be “in the pink” than “in the red.”

(I knew this one thanks to my accountant grandfather. Long ago, people used to write a check in red ink if they thought it would overdraft their account and were writing it on float time. Red equaled debt.

Float time was wonderful. I miss it. You could write a check on Friday night for beer at the grocery store and count on it not hitting your bank account until after your mom deposited a check on Monday morning. Not that I did that in college. Honest.)

If you don’t believe me, check Wikipedia. They said “in the red” comes from “From the standard accounting practice of using red ink to denote negative values, especially a net loss.”

That’s what my grandfather said too, but my way was less boring.

In the pink?

Oh, sorry about that.

If you check over at Phrases.Org you’ll find some very scholarly writing on the phrase “in the pink.”

I was amazed.

They said that the very earliest instance of the phrase “in the pink” being used in literature was by Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet.

Mercurio: Why, I am the very pinke of curtesie

I love a good literary reference thrown randomly into conversation. It always baffles people. I think I’ll have to work that one into a conversation with him this week. Something like…

Him: Why are you being so snarky with me?
Me: Why, I am the very pink of courtesy.

I’m sure he’ll be impressed with me for being so literate and cultured. I’m sure he will instantly recognize the reference to Romeo and Juliet.

Or not.

(The only problem with that plan is that I’ll have to be snarky first. That might take hours to happen.)

At any rate, I’m tickled pink to have everyone back in the pink.

Are you in the pink today?  Are you ready for Spring Break?  Are you curious to see what how I work “pink” into yet another post?  Are you sick of pink yet?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]

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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I knew the origin of “in the red” but I had NO IDEA of ‘in the pink’! But now I’m tickled pink to know!! (and happy you are all well for spring break!) -Lisa
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