Art & Design

May 18, 2012

One (grown) man’s mauvelous crayon lament

Byron Bache doesn't care if children today have no need for crayons because they’re too busy tending to pretend cows on Facebook. He's lobbying Crayola to return a childhood favourite to the shelves anyway.

The thing I liked most about crayons were their names: Outrageous Orange, Atomic Tangerine, Spring Green. Crayons gave me words for all the colours I saw in the world. They taught me how to pun (Mauvelous), how to pronounce fiendishly difficult words (Cerulean), and that Americans have particularly strange ideas about dairy products (Macaroni and Cheese).

Some parts of my childhood just don’t exist anymore. I know I’ll never be able to turn on Play School and fully appreciate just how much sexual tension there was between Benita and John in their heyday. And, since they disappeared from freezers across the nation, the taste of the Bubblegum Paddle Pop lives only in my memory. There are some things, though, that I assumed would always be there. Like jumbo packs of Crayola crayons.

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  1. mcdrewski

    “Custom Box orders may only be shipped to customers within the Continental U.S.”

    Now where’s our senate enquiry on crayon trade restrictions?

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