Coloring the 60 Blog

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We could learn a lot from crayons.  Some are sharp, some are pretty, and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

Ever since we were kids, Leslie has always called me Crayon.  Get it?  Caryn = Crayon. Funny.

Today is National Crayon Day!  And Crayola is causing a big stir.  I hadn’t paid much attention to the story, but it seems that Crayola retired one of its colors yesterday. Dandelion is being removed from the Crayola classic box of 24 crayons.  It’s the first time Crayola has done this and people are reacting!  Are you upset by this?  Did you know?

Dandelion will now reside in the Crayola Hall of Fame.  The company states the color is “an adventurous spirit” with “a case of wanderlust.”  Dandelion seems pretty young for retirement:  It was introduced in 1990, after the Crayola Hall of Fame inducted its first eight members.  Crayola has retired colors before.  Eight of them (Maize, Lemon Yellow, Blue Gray, Raw Umber, Green Blue, Orange Red, Orange Yellow and Violet Blue) were retired in 1990. They were replaced with eight more (Vivid Tangerine, Jungle Green, Cerulean, Fuschia, Dandelion, Teal Blue, Royal Purple and Wild Strawberry).  When the company celebrated its centennial in 2003, four more colors (Blizzard Blue, Magic Mint, Mulberry and Teal Blue) were retired, when color addicts chose to save Burnt Sienna from melting away. Four new colors were introduced (Inchworm, Mango Tango, Wild Blue Yonder and Jazzberry Jam).

Crayola has stated that the company is getting ready to introduce a new color in May, and it will be part of the blue family.  Plus, over the summer, there will be a contest to name the incoming crayon.

To me, getting a new box of crayons as a kid was special.  It had a certain smell and it was great to get a box of 64 or 96 crayons; they were boxes that had the built-in sharpener (introduced in 1958).  I don’t recall having a favorite color as a kid, and I always like the sound of “burnt sienna” and “umber.”  I loved to color as a kid and I’ve started coloring again as an adult.  With Crayola crayons, of course!  I haven’t gotten out the coloring books for a few months, and I think that’s a project for me on Sunday.  While I’m catching the new season of The Amazing Race and watching CBS Sunday Morning episodes that have been sitting on the DVR, I can color.




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