Crayola crayons

Crayola crayons

When my husband, Ben, and I started school, we each got our first new box of crayons. Our parents bought us the boxes that contained 16 colors. We were thrilled with that many.

The waxy crayons had a nice point and looked so neat when they were new. I couldn’t remember all of the colors that came in my first box, so I looked it up on the internet. There was black, blue, blue green, blue violet, brown, carnation pink, green, orange, red, red orange, red violet, violet, white, yellow, yellow green and yellow orange.

My favorite color was carnation pink for two reasons. I thought the color was pretty, and I really liked its name.

Since I had never had crayons before, it was a whole new experience for me. The teacher handed out sheets of paper with a picture that we were to color. I had fun trying to decide what color to use on various sections of the picture.

Since my eye-hand coordination wasn’t very good, my coloring wasn’t even. Some spaces got skipped, while others were too dark. The worst problem I had was trying not to scribble outside the lines of the picture. My first-grade teacher pointed out the mistakes I was making.

When her efforts failed, she had a conference with my mother. I can remember Mom telling me that the teacher told her I should practice coloring at home.

I knew what the teacher said was true. I’d seen my classmates finished pictures, and they looked much neater than mine did. It wasn’t that I didn’t try to do a good job, I just lacked artistic ability.

The other thing the teacher told Mom on that visit is that I needed to practice using a pair of scissors. She told her that I couldn’t cut along the lines, either. Imagine that!

By the end of the school year, most of my colors were broken. It was because I put too much pressure on them.

At the start of the next school year, Ben and I always got a new box of 16 colors. Some of our classmates’ parents bought them the big box of 64 crayons. Ben and I were jealous of them. They had so many more choices of colors to choose from. Plus, their boxes had sharpeners on the backside of them. They could put a sharp point on their crayons when they became dull.

After Ben and I were married, we bought Mike, our three-year-old, a box of 8 crayons and a coloring book. He loved playing with them, and we could tell he had artistic talent.

When our daughter was in grade school, she recalls that we bought her a box of 24 or 48 colors. Like us, she really wanted the premium box of 64 crayons.

As a Christmas gift one year, we bought her the top-of-the-line box of 64 colors and wrapped it. She shook the package and thought it contained marbles. She was very happy and surprised with the gift we got her.

As an adult, Sarah became a graphic designer. When she does computer designs for her clients, the colors she uses is of utmost importance. Perhaps Ben and I “splurging” on that Christmas gift of 64 crayons was money well spent.

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