A Sharp Crayon and a Little Imagination

Posted: January 9, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Do you remember the feeling you had as a child when you opened a fresh box of crayons? The smell of wax, the myriad of colors, and all those sharp points?
Oh! The things we dreamed to create!!

With the accompanying construction paper or pristine coloring book purchased by someone who knew we’d be out of their hair for a while, we set off into a fantastical world of exploration and excitement, danger and victory, and even our first attempts at understanding geometry.

After hours of lip-biting concentration, pillow adjustments and wedgie picking, we snapped ourselves out of the land of make believe, stretched, grabbed our masterpieces and ran top-speed to the nearest adult or older sibling to show them our one of a kind works.

What happened in these next few moments differs from little artist to little artist. While some of us were smothered with great accolades and even more rewarding a comforting snack, there were some of us whose artwork was criticized and nit-picked.
“Well you went outside the lines HERE, I don’t know WHAT that is, and why is Batmans cape yellow??

The latter reaction, is the one most detrimental to a young mind. They  instantly feel forced into a box of conformity, and immediatly start to abide by  the restrictions and regulations set forth by that current ruling power, and the imaginative bubble that was growing by leaps and bounds, pops.

Suddenly, those that encounter such harsh criticisms have no want or desire to delve back into that plethora of paper-wrapped rainbows and wondrous confetti of the daydream parade that once was, and instead see nothing but a bunch of broken wax sticks and bits of paper that will take forever to get out of the carpet.

That pristine canvas we so cherished was once our great nation.   That myriad of sharp pointed crayons were our freedom, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
And that imaginative young mind that was critiqued and unappreciated? That was the hopes and sacrifices made by our grandparents and great-grandparents to give us a future that they knew was more important than anything they could ever want.

For far too long now we have taken more and more. Gotten deeper in debt, and forgotten to do what’s best. We constantly take the easy way out and it’s killing us.

Our children and theirs will suffer unimaginable hardships if we continue to be ignorant to what we’re doing and who is in charge.

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be the little dreamer that got praised,  and keep on making masterpieces instead of being put in that box and forgotten like the broken crayons we never used again.

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Comments
  1. Samantha says:

    You are an amazing writer hun! Great job, keep being a dreamer 🙂

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