No Wonder We Have a Weight Problem in America

When our children were little, we had a Saturday morning tradition of going to Dunkin Donuts and bringing home a dozen donuts for the kids to eat while they watched their cartoons.  They each got to pick their favorite to include in the dozen.  Our daughter invariably chose Bavarian Creme.  So it was curious that the color we chose to paint our bathroom and dressing area this weekend was called Bavarian Creme.  

We poured over numerous color charts and paint chips before we purchased our gallon.    What was interesting to me were the variety of colors that take their names from food items.  Looking for the right creamy yellow shade had me considering Sweet Corn, Banana Split, and Melted Butter.  I also deliberated on Bagel, but not on Cream Cheese, and even thought Clam Chowder would be a pleasant choice.

Whatever happened to colors which reflected things in nature?  Remember Burnt Sienna, Goldenrod, and Desert Sand?  I haven’t bought a box of Crayola crayons in years, but I remember so many of those wonderful names.  I know they’ve probably updated some of them by now and added new colors, but please tell me they haven’t succumbed to using food names, too.

Not only did I see the food names on the paint cards, I saw colors that depicted alcoholic beverages, names like Cherry Wine, Chianti, Strawberry Daiquiri, and Champagne Tickle.  Those paint colors and others with names like Raspberry Mousse, Thick Chocolate, and Juicy Passionfruit make me think that we are obsessed with food and drinking.  We’ve come a long way since mauve was an unusual color name.  Don’t get me wrong.  I think the new names are very descriptive, but in a nation that is  focused on the obesity issue and healthy eating habits, perhaps Cornflower Blue and Periwinkle would do just fine.

At any rate, my Bavarian Creme bathroom and dressing area is indeed a good color choice, and every time  I walk into it, I think back to those wonderful Saturdays with our children…and have an urge to run to Dunkin Donuts.

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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3 Responses to No Wonder We Have a Weight Problem in America

  1. mypajamadays says:

    I can’t hear the words Bavarian Creme and not thinking of all those Saturday mornings on the couch watching cartoons either. My kitchen is painted Coffee Bean. Hmmm…wonder if that was just a coincidence.

    – Emily

  2. Posky says:

    A Bavarian Creme bathroom sounds as delicious as it goes gross.

    I hear what you are saying about obesity in culture though: http://mattposky.wordpress.com/2010/11/05/the-farcical-campaign-on-corpulence-and-being-an-accountable-human/

    There’s the proof and I’d be curious as to your take on it.

    • comingeast says:

      Just read your post from November, and I agree that people should be responsible for their choices. What bothers me is when I see obese parents with their obese children ordering double cheeseburgers and deep-fried onion rings, and washing it all down with a milkshake or malt. The children don’t stand a chance. BUT I still agree that it is not the government’s role to regulate our choices. However, I am for them regulating what can and cannot go into foods, such as the gradual elimination of trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. I am also one of the fortunate thin ones, and I’m addicted to salt and vinegar chips. Nobody better touch my chips! Thanks for your comment.

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