Confessions of a Crayon Lover

I have a thing for crayons, especially the ones with interesting color names.  I can’t explain my fascination for them.  If I see a new type of Crayola crayon, I know my girls will love to have them.  (Yes, I blame it on the girls and their love for them. )

I’m a sucker…

When I was a kid, I was awestruck by the big box of crayons with the tiny sharpener in the back.  It was magical–just peel a bit of the paper away, spin it through the sharpener, and the crayon was sharp again.  Heaven!

The box provided colors called cornflower, goldenrod, and orchid (the links go to the Crayola color chart).  I wasn’t restricted to the usual 24 colors.  Oh, the silver, gold, and copper colors…sigh.  Check out the Crayola color timeline.  I didn’t know some colors have been retired and others renamed!

Then, I grew up and had a daughter who loved to color with crayons.  There were new colors to explore.  I had a reason to buy the colored wax sticks with fun names. One of my new favorites is robin’s egg blue.  Then, Daughter 2 came along and gave Daughter 1 and me and excuse to continue using crayons.  🙂

Here are some crayon facts, according to my household:

  • A certain someone in our house can’t stand the smell of crayons, so we color when he’s not around.
  • The little one has learned that the dogs find them yummy, so she doesn’t leave them out anymore.
  • The crayon drawer is crammed with Crayola because we’re crayon snobs.
  • I’m a sucker for cute packaging and new colors.

Do you have a favorite childhood toy that you still get to play with because you have children in your life to give you the excuse?  Do you even need an excuse?  Do you have a favorite crayon color?  On the flip side, do you have a childhood toy that you can’t bear to see or smell? 

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