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Coloring Crayola Day

Posted by Brittany

Coloring Crayola DayIn 1903 Crayola introduced its legendary line of wax crayons. At its start Crayola offered six colors, but over the years the range has expanded significantly and now includes specialty crayons like metallics and glitters. The largest set sold included the regular colors and many of the specialty crayons to make up an amazing 200 crayons! Today Crayola markets a lot of other products as well, like Silly Putty and Portfolio Series professional art products. They also operate a factory-style museum in their Headquarter in Eaton, PA that Chris and would love to visit one day. The factor boasts the “The World’s Largest Crayon” — at 15 feet tall it weighs 1,500 lbs, and is made up of leftover crayon pieces sent to Crayola from children across the US.

When I was a little kid just learning about where babies really come from my mom used to tell me her own labor stories. I am the second of two children so, although her labor with me was long, at least she was familiar with the process. But five and half years earlier when she was delivering my brother Clint she had no idia what to expect. One day while she was telling me the story of his birth, she produced a Bambi coloring book and told me how she’d colored some of the pages while she was going through that first labor. As she flipped through the book’s pages it was like we were examining an artifact for an anthropology lesson; the crayon markings told the story of that labor. I could read into the heaviness of the wax strokes, the erratic patterns of the coloring, and the colors that blobbed “outside the lines”, and actually see when she was having contractions and how her labor was progressing. She still has that coloring book somewhere, probably with whatever baby items she kept from our infancies, and I imagine it will always be a part of our family history.

To celebrate Coloring Crayola Day Chris and I picked up some crayons and coloring books of our very own. As a child I always preferred the “paint with water” books (not the kind that came with a pallet of paints, but the ones with the “paint” pre-printed on the page — just add water!), but I also did my fair share of coloring. I have distant memories of toy stores and supermarkets having a large selection of coloring books with an endless array of characters and themes to choose from, but when we were looking for books today I was surprised by the slim selection. I’m not sure if this observation stems from my own skewed perception (I’ve found that its true that as you grow larger the world seems smaller), or if it really is accurate — with video games and television reigning supreme in today’s world do kids still color as much as they used to? I hope so.

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