The top-selling single song in 1973 was “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”. The ribbon was loaded with emotion in the song, and six years later, the wife of a man taken hostage in Iran tied yellow ribbons around her trees. It made national news and launched the ribbon as a sentimental symbol. The New York Times even declared 1992 “the year of the ribbon” for its use to promote compassion and concern. The Susan G. Comen Breast Cancer Foundation expanded its bright pink signature color from visors to ribbons in the fall of 1991. “Pink is the quintessential female color,” says Margaret Welch, director of the Color Association of the United States. “The profile on pink is playful, life-affirming. We have studies as to its calming effect, its quieting effect, its lessening of stress.”
Mother Nature abounds with pink flowers in many shades and styles, and bloomstoday.com has more than 20 professionally designed bouquets to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month every October and the survivors, women battling breast cancer and those touched by it. Cancer is a scary word, a frightening disease. The statistics are staggering:
- One in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer.
- More than a quarter of a million women are likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016.
- Some 2,600 new cases are expected in men in 2016.
- Breast cancer is second only to skin cancer for new cases every year.
- More than 40,000 women are projected to die from breast cancer this year.
Sending pink flowers to commemorate and build awareness of breast cancer is thoughtful and demonstrates your love for one special lady who has the disease, has survived it, been touched by it through a friend or relative or simply lets her know you care for her health and well-being. One does not have to have encountered breast cancer personally to be reminded through flowers to get regular check-ups, conduct at-home exams and be alert to any changes. All the flowers are beautiful. Pink ones are especially sweet. And a few of the symbolic references are listed below. October is the perfect time to send a bouquet of loving concern.
- Carnation ~ delicate, long-lasting, enchanting, lovely
- Lily ~ bold, exciting, glorious, rejuvenation
- Alstroemeria ~ Peruvian lily or “lily of the Incas”, blossom clusters, fascinating petals, striking
- Daisy ~ whimsical, playful, cheerful, fanciful blooms, happy
- Gerber daisies ~ stunning, large, soft textures, impressive petals, first class flower
By Joanne M. Anderson