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Crayons

Well, good morning once again to all my blogging friends.   Today is so much cooler than yesterday.  I was amazed last night when I walked out of the Library to see that it had dropped about 25 degrees.  The thing I worried about the most, was if the ominous sky opened up..what a horrendous storm might be upon us, but luckily, that was avoided.   
As I sit in the morning sipping my coffee, all sorts of ideas run through my head as to what the topic of the day should be.  I think about those that are out there in cyberland reading my blogs and wonder what benefits it brings to them? Randomly writing this blog makes my mind wonder what my readers are thinking.  Are you taken back in time? Are you getting pleasure from the blogs?  Does it make you think of your past?  Do you learn anything or get food for thought?  I urge you to comment as it gives me a path to follow.  As a storyteller, I am used to feedback from my audiences. That gives me a hint as to whether the story came off well, where I will decide I need to tweak it and even the subject matters themselves.  So if you enjoy my blogs, I would love to hear from you.  I value your opinions and thoughts.  They encourage me as to where to go with this.  
I truly love that I can somewhat journal my thoughts into story form.  Some, I may build upon and use for performances down the road. 
So, now that all that has been said, I want to move onto todays topic, crayons.
This is an topic that I think almost all ages can identify with. Our childhoods all seem to have begun with them. 
When I think back in time, I remember how exciting it was to receive a new box of crayons.  I remember the advancement from the small box with 8 crayons to the larger and then to the largest there was.  I remember what a treat it was getting the 64 Crayola box and it came with the built in Sharpener!   I can remember  what it felt like opening up the lid and seeing all those pointed little heads.  They almost seemed like hats.  I remember the smell of the wax.  It was delightful.  I remember pulling each one out to look at the colors, read the names that were inscribed along the sides of the papers.  They had names that were often times hard to say. They were names or words I had never heard before.  Words like Sepia Prussian Blue and  Indigo.  I think I was finally in my 40's when I really knew and understood what sepia was. 
To think that through the years, crayons have changed so much and that there is a history behind some of the changes.  That's right, history.  I was just as surprised as you may be at this moment.  Did you know that during the times when the nation fought for Civil Rights...a crayon changed its FLESH colored crayon to PEACH. INDIAN RED was changed to CHESTNUT. PRUSSION BLUE was changed to MIDNIGHT BLUE. 
I guess everything changes with time.  I know that for now, children's excitement over a box of crayons would be the 120 crayon box.  New colors and names have continued, as old ones became retired.  Now they have Jazzberry  Jam and  Mango Tango...Mango Tango?  I thought about that name and wen back into my childhood and would not have a yardstick to measure that with, since I had never heard of a Mango back when I was a child.   Times change and so did crayons.  The quantities changed from an 8 pack to 120 pack.  It seems as though crayons almost tells the history of the times. 
The retired color of crayons now are green blue, orange red, orange yellow, violet blue, maize, lemon yellow, blue gray and raw umber. Blizzard blue, magic mint, teal blue and mulberry have been retired most recently..
I remember that when I was growing up, my Grandfather Joe used to pay me a nickel if I colored an entire coloring book.  Now, I remember coloring each day, kept inside of the lines, learned to blend the colors.  I took great pride in my coloring and also in the finished product.  I would remember taking over the finished coloring book to my Grandfather and him reaching into his pants packet for his  coin pouch and pulling out a nickel.  I watched as he flipped through the coloring book and his eyes would twinkle.   It was almost the same sort of look you would imagine Santa Claus might have.  He made it appear as though he was walking through an Art Gallery filled with amazing art.  I so appreciated the confidence that I generated from his pleasurable  nod of acceptance.  Now, I know that he didn't really need to pay me to color...for I  loved it anyway, but now, with hindsight, I cannot help but wonder if it was his way to have me learn to finish what I start.  Perhaps he was trying t foster the artistic side of me.  Perhaps, he just wanted me to learn to occupy my time.  Whatever the reasons, I am so grateful today because I am now a Professional artist as well as a Storyteller.  I have bought countless boxes of Crayons through the years, for my children and their children.  And in the thick of it all, I still enjoy sitting down to color with the grandkids.  The most amazing of all is that I also use Crayons to color with the Alzheimer's.  Crayons can teach us all a wonderful lessons.  We are never limited.  We are only a stroke away from genius if we decide to just use our imaginations. 
   

4 Comments to Crayons:

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Phyllis Kohnke on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:44 PM
Wonderful subject! You're right, we all (or at least the lucky ones) have experienced the joy of getting a new box of crayons. I don't know if the young ones today enjoy it quite as much as we did because they have so many other forms of media to amuse them. In my opinion, they're missing out of the fun we had.
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Debi Gajewski on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 2:56 PM
Phyllis, you are so right. We were so easily amused when we were children....but the fact that Crayola is celebrating another anniversary...they began in 1903; there still is joy in the simplest of tactile fun. I cannot imagine any child ever NOT having colored at least once in their lives.
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Jeanni Tiedje on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 9:14 PM
Dearest Debi....A few years ago I had a friend who was quite ill, and as a result also quite depressed. I had no idea of what to do for him to help boost his mood. I sent him a couple coloring books along with a brand new box of crayons--with a not attached. T old him before he could open the box, he had to sniff the unique scent of the crayola crayons, and think back to what he used to like to draw and color. He said his mind was filled with the good memories of primary school, and memories of his mom buying the crayons before school each summer (and how it seemed to be an eternity until the first day of school each year so that he could bring the crayons to school and open the box for the first time. This 50++ year old guy sat in the hospital room coloring away as if a 5 year old 'back in the old days'. When he got home, the joke continued for a bit with friends sending either pictures to color or coloring books. Needless to say, his physical and mental recovery progressed very well, and was back on his feet in no time! I have helped in the past to collect crayons & coloring books for the Red Cross to use for young, scared children. Who knew so much enjoyment could come from those green & orange boxes!
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Debi Gajewski on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 7:36 AM
Wow, what a nice story. What a nice idea to help him with Crayons. It is funny how something so simple, transports us back to a time when life was joyful, relaxing and just plain fun. I love to hear that you are still so caring to donate those items to the Red Cross. You have colored my world through the years with many wonderful memories and am glad to call you friend.

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