The Crayon: Our First Magic Wand

A crayon was our first magic wand

“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra, history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creative bug’ is just a wee voice telling you, ‘I’d like my crayons back, please.” – Hugh MacLeod

Admit it. Don’t you sometimes wish you could have your first box of crayons back? And all the innocent creativity that came with them?

I don’t know about you, but it was love at first sniff for me.

Then, it was the magic of choice with a world of color at my fingertips. For the first time in my young life I could choose a color. Blend a color. Shade. Highlight. Even outline a color with another color. My own little kingdom of color invited in newsprint paper, coloring books, tracing paper, connect the dots and my first mural that spanned the length of Aunt Rosemary’s hallway. I am told her attempt to correct the self-appointed 4 year old muralist failed when she finished with,  “Now, are ever going to do that again young lady?” and I replied,  “I will if you want me to.” (Am thinking I must have sniffed a whole box of crayons that day as I don’t remember the “color like no one is watching” incident.)

My adults must have recognized that I had a creative spirit that could no longer be contained in a box of 24 as I was entrusted with THE BIG BOX. You know the one. 64 crayons complete with the built-in sharpener. Now, not only could I choose more colors but I could also choose the thickness of my lines!

And, if that wasn’t enough to be excited about, it was in this box that I discovered a magical color called periwinkle. When you placed it next to blue it looked purple and when you placed it next to purple it looked blue. That is when the power of choice and observation invited me to open the door to consider other paradoxical and equally enchanting dimensional possibilities that life had to offer.

As adults in a techno-society that now underestimates the power packed inside something as sweetly simple as a box of crayons, LETS NOT FORGET! The next time you see a child pick up a crayon consider what you are witness to. All the sensory gears that set into motion with that very personal magical moment of choice. (It might just be their first.) Who knows, you might just want to join them to tap into some of that “in the now” innocence for yourself. We are never too old to play with crayons. Me, I still have my box of 64 … and yes, I still sniff.

What was your favorite magic wand as a child? Is it still? PSST: Were you a “sniffer,” too?

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2 thoughts on “The Crayon: Our First Magic Wand

  • November 24, 2014 at 11:21 pm

    We are never too old to sit down and color, it is very relaxing. I became a recovered color book ‘artist’ in a therapy group. The wise facilitator put out crayons and interesting patterns for us to play with as we discussed some tough family issues. I observed the energy of the room begin tense and quickly relax as we all shared crayons and put energy into our works and the difficulties just slipped out of our mouths. Cool the Soul, let the Brain drain. Coloring is a healthy tranquilizer. So off I ran to Target and got my roll up Crayola colors and with generous permission took a couple of sheets from group.
    Now I have my magical coloring book and sit back on tough days and color.
    I truly think it is a great gift for one you love. They may be puzzled until they sit down and enjoy. ;))
    My GREAT coloring book is the “The Secret Garden,” filled with a treasure hunt and probably best for ages 8 and up, as it is quite intricate ( all the more fun! ) and the Crayolas are roll up – no sharpening or breakage! The book is easily had through Amazon, if not at a local book store, and the roll ups could be labelled as ‘colored pencils’, yet have the great pigment of crayons.
    Relax, enjoy, let your Artist out to play as you let the adult life fade away. ;D

    • November 25, 2014 at 7:09 am

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom here, Deborah. (Some excellent food for thought and I will have to look for that coloring book!) I love to follow your “muse” on Muses of Art & Soul and it’s a special treat to have you visit my messy room. 🙂 Maybe one day we will get to “color our worlds” together!

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