Over time many people have used crayons as examples of life analogies. As back to school approaches it is both exciting and a time of uncertainty. As we progress through the local education system our thoughts and ideas start to evolve. We are ready to be recognized for who we are or striving to become. I’m sure we all have our own crayon story related to life. I brought up the subject in the salon recently and everybody had a story to tell. One person told the story of his first box of hand me down broken, unsharpened crayons. I immediately could relate to what he was remembering and the waxy crayon smell came to us both at the same time. We had a good laugh and as our conversation continued the moment went deeper. What made it interesting was at the time of life this occurred it wasn’t overly funny. The reason it wasn’t so funny at the time was because the kid next to him pulled out a brand new 64 color crayon box with a built in sharpener only to be out done later by another kid with a bigger box of a hundred plus crayons. I have told the story of knowing people who count crayons their entire life. Do more crayons have an impact on us as we grow up? Are we destined to be a box of 8 broken, paper peeling stubby crayons? Does it really matter how many we have or what we can create with what we have? Picasso is very notably known for what is recognized as his Blue Period, painting all of his works of art only in blue. I’ve had the opportunity to experience the Louvre in Paris and the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. I’m pretty sure the Renaissance masters including Michelangelo and Leonardo de Vinci only used the three primary colors and black and white on their pallet to create identifiable master pieces.
When I think of back to school it should be fun and looked at positively. Whether you are the educator or the student first impressions have lasting impressions. Shopping for new trendy clothes and everything else you can convince your parents into purchasing to make you look cool is part of your color. With the new school year approaching now is the time to reach into your life’s box of crayons and create your identity. If you were a crayon what color would you be? What color do you want your friends to describe you as? This is a great time of year to start a new beginning. Challenge yourself to make a friend of every color in the eight box and then move on to the 64 box. If there is one thing we could all do better is no matter what color we choose to be is except the fact that we all live in the same box.
Our cover model Samantha likes to surround herself with cool colors like blue and teal, they make her feel free and close to the beach. If she were a crayon her hair color would be aquamarine, a beautiful color that looks like ocean water. Samantha chose to be platinum blonde with pink ends to express her femininity and playfulness. This is a great time of year to start a new beginning. Challenge yourself to make a friend of every color in the box of eight and then move on to the 64 box. If there is one thing we could all do better is no matter what color we choose to be is except the fact that we all live in the same box.