November 23, 2014

Retired crayons

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I was shocked when they started to "retire" certain crayon colors. It just seems so wrong! Of course, you should've seen me when they started messing with M&M's. But that's another story.

I'm sad to see Thistle go. Thistle was important in coloring certain flowers, as I'm sure you know. However, the retiring color that really bothers me is Violet Blue, which is the second from the top (it's hard to read in the photo).

 photo ManilaPaper.jpgViolet Blue is essential! There are parts of the sky that just happen to be Violet Blue at certain times of day. I cannot imagine that some other color can stand in for Violet Blue.

 photo ChildDrawing.jpgIn school we drew on manila paper. I was surprised to learn that it's a relatively cheap paper as compared to, say, typing paper. In grade school, I thought it was probably very expensive. The heavier texture of it was perfect for crayons. It was like a child's canvas, if you will. It made me feel artistic.

Then again, all children are artists, aren't they?