Blame It On Barney

By Estelle Sobel Erasmus

My daughter has a passion for the color purple. If an article of clothing doesn’t have some shade of purple in it, forget about it. She shakes her little head, tendrils of curls flying around, and says, “no, mommy. I want the purple shirt…purple pants…purple socks…purple backpack…purple sneakers.”

Ok Ok. I get it. You want it because its pretty? No. You want it because its functional? No. Oh, that’s right. You want it because its…purple!

Loving the Color Purple

Now I must admit I was always a red girl, and for some reason as I’ve gotten older my loyalties have shifted to blue and green. I don’t have a problem with purple per se. What I have a problem with?  Identifying the need for an item solely based on its color.

I blame it on Barney! There, I said it. That adorable purple dinosaur who sang, danced and encouraged her to “use your imagination”, he’s the culprit in this purple kiddie caper.  But I’m to blame, too. Wasn’t I the mommy who sang along with him, encouraging my daughter to bond further to me with the hypnotic words from Barney’s theme song, “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family“? Did she somehow in her developing baby brain connect the color purple with the feeling of love she gets from me and her daddy?

Of course I reassure myself that its just a phase she’s going through–and hope that when she falls in love and ties the knot one day it won’t be in a purple dress.
What is/was your child’s obsession?
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7 thoughts on “Blame It On Barney”

  1. I had to smile, because my daughter used to love to sing and dance around with Barney.  She is 12 now and thinks he is stupid, LOL.  I think it is a phase, but it could be she just loves purple.  My grandma loved purple all her life and if asked I am pretty sure she wouldn’t have known who Barney was unless he had danced and sang on Lawrence Welk. LOL


    1. Hi Kathy,
      I wonder about the allure of a clearly middle-aged man dressed up in a purple dinosaur suit hanging with kids, but that’s the magic of television. I have a friend like your grandma; she always wanted to have a store that sold all purple items. LOL. Thanks for visiting.

  2. This made me smile.  I can still remember the ” I love you” song…Oh my..I don’t want that stuck in my head tonight. But, funny thing, I was obsessed with purple as a little girl because Donny Osmond wore purple socks.  Yep, I loved it.  As an adult I go for red or pink now, but then, everything was purple.  For my 45 birthday, my hubby took me to see Donny when he was in NYC as I always wanted to go.  Yep, middle aged woman, misty over “Puppy Love” being sung.  Hubby drew the line at the purple socks though!

    1. Hi Winnie,
      I hear you. I used to like Donny Osmond, too. Then he got older and his face got tighter… I didn’t know he wore purple socks though. Funny. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

  3. My youngest loves (and still loves) leopard or cheetah prints. I cringe, but what can I do? My oldest loves anything with bling, the more glitz the happier she is. The good news, purple is a socially acceptable color to wear. The bad, my kids NEVER outgrew it. But if it’s based on Barney you may have better luck!

    1. Hi Nancy,
      Your youngest would love the leopard print carpeting in my daughter’s room:) I think the love of bling is next! Thanks for visiting.

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