Screen Shot 2014-04-01 at 5.39.19 PMEveryone has a preferred artistic medium: oil paints, clay, water colors, etc. I like crayons.

Obviously, I mean Crayola crayons. All others are cheap imitations. Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith founded Binney & Smith in 1885. The first box of eight Crayola Crayons was introduced in 1903. While Binney and Smith didn’t invent the crayon, their product is the industry standard. They make more than 3 billion crayons every year.

I’m sure the original eight colors – red, yellow, blue, green, orange, brown, violet and black – get used disproportionately more than others. I mean, who automatically reaches for “raw umber” when they need to color something brown? I love to draw flowers – daisies, in particular – so the original variety meets my needs.

There’s hardly anything better than a fresh, new box of Crayola crayons to get my creative juices flowing. All of the pictures in the world are inside that box. Inside each of those sticks of colored wax. And the smell of those new crayons! Is there anything else in the world that immediately transports you so quickly to the first day of school or Christmas morning or whenever new crayons landed in your hands?

A box of crayons is full of possibilities – and it smells like childhood.



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