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Interview with a Crayon

APRIL 26, 2011

    One evening I decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. There wasn't a moon so I reached into my coat pocket hoping to find a flashlight. Instead my hand found something familiar... A crayon.
Not just any crayon, but a crayon who claims to be "The" Purple crayon from a well know children's book.
The following is from our conversation.
David Goldin: You're really the crayon from the picture book? That was my favorite story.

Purple Crayon:  "Yes, I worked with a kid named Harold a long, long time ago...  ... 1955-63 ... that's around Fifty years ago. Harold needed a purple crayon and I fit the suit. Plus we got along famously. He had a bunch of crayons to choose from and he picked me. I'd like to think he picked me based on my artistic merits but probably it was just my good looks, distinguished chin and charming personality. Basically I was a vehicle for Harold's imagination. I wish I could have added a little more of my own perspective to the picture but... too many chefs... y'know."

Purple Crayon: "After teaming up with Harold I became a bit of a celebrity, in the crayon community at least.
While most people were off at school or work... living daily lives...  I'd be with my friends partying 24/7 without a care in the world.
I was living the life...."

Purple Crayon: "... One day I woke up feeling Blue. Nothing significant was coming out of my efforts, just mindless scribbles and wasted wax.
I needed to find more meaning in life. It's been decades since working in publishing and now there are so many other shades of Purple to compete with - life just keeps getting more complicated. Amethyst, Eggplant, Indigo, Lavender, Lilac, Magenta, Mauve, Mulberry, Orchid, Plum, Pomegranate, Puce, Thistle, Violet...  I could go on...    I've got nothing wrong with colors mind you - some of my best friends are colors.

Purple Crayon: I decided to improve myself outside and in. A strict diet of nothingness, which is easy for crayons.
Deep soul searching...  my inner-self ...stable.., calming aspects of blue combined with mystical and spiritual qualities of Purple, Warm Violet satisfying my need for reassurance in this complex world, while adding a hint of mystery and excitement... That is SO me.
Purple Crayon: " I started a Yoga routine... ...it wasn't easy.
 PLEASE DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME! Crayons break easily.

Now when I get on a yoga matt I can twist myself into a pretzel."

David Goldin: What would you say your favorite thing to do is, besides draw?

Purple Crayon:  "If I had to pick one thing...   ... after all my years, travels, experiences,...
ups and downs,...   I'd have to say,..."


Purple Crayon:   "... going for walks on moonlit nights with friends."

David Goldin:  Me too.
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