Whenever we’re out somewhere and the kids have some colouring to keep them occupied, I always check the crayons, looking for the wavy black band.
I’m not sure how old I was when I first encountered Crayola crayons. What I remember most is the names.
Chartreuse. Goldenrod. Periwinkle.
So much choice, so many colours that I’d never even thought about. Not just combinations, like Blue Green or Orange Red, but colours named for things – Carnation Pink, Apricot. And then colours called things that I’d never even heard of before. Well! I was off to the dictionary.
- Chartreuse – a green-yellow liqueur made by monks (I had to look up ‘liqueur’ as well, the crayons were certainly improving my word power)
- Goldenrod – a plant with tall spikes of small yellow flowers (no picture in the dictionary, obviously)
- Periwinkle – a trailing plant with flat blue-violet flowers, also called myrtle, or a sea snail.
A flower and a sea snail! How much excitement can a small child take?
Even now, those three words conjure up that crayony smell, and a feeling of infinite possibilities.
If you would like to indulge in your own nostalgia trip, the full list is at http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Crayola_crayon_colors