Updated: Aug 16
Circa 1990, I was a waitress at Winged Foot Country Club in Mamaroneck, New York. On a spectacular spring afternoon, Donald Trump, Marla Maples, and their entourage arrived on the club’s veranda for drinks and an early dinner. I was a terrible waitress but always working hard so they let me keep my job. They all ordered familiar drinks, except Donald...he asked for a Transfusion. He was terrifying so I didn’t dare ask him what a Transfusion was. Off I went to the bar to find out what this was....Canada Dry Ginger Ale with Welch’s purple grape juice!
Remember, I am a terrible waitress, so I forget there is a slight step from the main dining area out to the veranda. Boom! Down I go in front of the entire entourage...glass, drinks, pride, everything spilled and shattered. “Stand up, clean up, and shake it off” I said to myself...and off I went to get 8 more drinks and try this again. By the way, The Transfusion...it’s delicious! I have been enjoying this non-alcoholic drink for 30 years and always recommend it to friends!
This old story got me thinking about purple and the zeitgeist of these times....complex, intense, visceral, and enlightening. Purple is not a color found in nature, but rather created by mixing the diametrically opposed colors red and blue together. In the meaning of colors, purple represents the future, the imagination, and dreams, while spiritually calming the emotions and keeping us grounded. Maybe purple is what we all need right now?
Purple is the color of the Crown Chakra, heavily dosed in church stained glass windows, and the color chosen by George Washington for soldiers injured or killed in combat-the Purple Heart. Take a look and see what purple can do for you...whether you wear it, hold a stone in your pocket, notice where it is in the world around you, or drink it like Donald...I bet there is something in it for everyone.
“Courage isn’t a brilliant dash, a daring deed in a moment’s flash; it isn’t an instantaneous thing born of despair with a sudden spring. It is something deep in the soul of man that is always working to serve some plan.” ~Edward A. Guest