Nat’l Crayon Day-updated 04/15

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(04/15/20)-This blog inspired my wife to pull out her colored pencils and color one of her coloring pad pictures. Way to go honey! (see end of blog)

I just found out that today, and every March 31st is National Crayon Day….who knew??!!

So with that I thought I would make some brief observations about crayons.

As a child I can remember the different size boxes of crayons, and how awesome it was to get the BIG box of Crayola crayons! If I remember correctly I think it had 96 crayons in it. It came with a crayon sharpener, and you would peel the paper on the crayon as it got shorter.

One time I remember my mother taking one of my coloring books and coloring in one of the pages. The colors and shading were awesome, and she drew crayon lines around the border of each color she was using. I remember thinking how great it looked when she was done and from that day forward I never drew outside of the lines, and always highlighted the borders of the image with the color I was using.

When Kate and I were newly married I remember coming home from work and Kate had some new coloring books and crayons on the living room table and I asked her if she purchased those for our nieces and nephews. To my surprise she meekly replied “no, I bought them for me.” And so I began to realize that sometimes adults like to reconnect with their childhood via coloring, and with my wife being a bit of an artist who works with different mediums I shouldn’t have been surprised in the least.

So how can we celebrate National Crayon Day during these unprecedented times? Well, if you’re working from home you could try taking notes with a crayon, or perhaps doodling with a crayon while tele-conferencing or watching a webinar. If you’re home schooling have the children select a picture from their coloring book and have them be creative with the colors they choose. Or perhaps with older children you could have them choose a picture from a magazine and see if they could do a crayon rendition of it.

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The beauty of crayons is that they allow you to unleash your creative imagination and to go boldly where you’ve never gone before! Hmmm, does that sound familiar to anyone, perhaps you Star Trek fans?? Anyway, try to take a moment today and relive some of your childhood memories of coloring and of people who may have helped you color along the way.

And most importantly, do your best to use the WHOLE box of crayons, you might just surprise yourself!

Now, where did Kate put that box of crayons and coloring books??

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(Kate inspired & relaxing)

 

National Pie Day

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Today (01/23) is National Pie Day! And I’m not talking the mathematical pie day (03/14), but one that is much more fun!

You see, pie is my favorite dessert, and when I discovered that the American Pie Council designated January 23rd as National Pie Day, I made a point to celebrate it every year. So, we have 10 pies in the Conference Room at the office, and we invite the employees, vendors, customers, friends & family to participate. My wife made 5 pies (pumpkin, coconut cream, lemon meringue, tart cherry & rhubarb). Unfortunately the pumpkin was overbaked and didn’t make the cut (may it RIP). I purchased a chocolate cream, apple crumb & tri-berry pie, and an employee brought in an apple & apple crumb as well. As you can see, we like our pie!

When people ask how the APC decided on January 23rd for National Pie Day, I tell them the story I learned from visiting their website. Apparently a lot of people think making a pie is too difficult, but according to the APC, making pie is as easy as 1..2..3, thus January 23rd (01/23). Works for me.

I grew up around home baked goods, but my favortie has always been pie. My great-grandmother, along with my mother, knew how to make a pie. Usually fruit pies, but my mother also knew how to make cream pies and lemon meringue. Luckily my wife has been passed the torch and the legend of great pies continue to bless my life! And when I experience a pie that’s exceptional (like my sister-in-law’s tart cherry pie), my wife does her best to duplicate the recipe, usually meeting or exceeding my expectations.

Every so often my birthday falls on Thanksgiving Day (my favorite meal of the year, but I digress), and when I was a young lad my mother made my Thanksgiving birthday extra special one year by baking me my own pumpkin pie! Needless to say, that made quite an impression on me, and to this day I prefer birthday pie to birthday cake.

Pie is about as common a dessert as can be, but yet comes in a smorgasbord of flavors, textures and combinations. People often ask me what my favorite pie is, and I simply reply “it’s like asking a parent who their favorite child is………you love them all!”

So, to all of you who prefer mathematical pie day (03/14) I say to each their own. For me, I prefer the infinite possibilities that National Pie Day offers and all it adds up to be! In fact, I think I’m ready to add a slice of apple to my daily total. Just a common dessert with uncommon flavor for a common man (or woman).

Enjoy the day!!