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The Color of Friendship

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I've had this on my spark page for awhile and it's time to change that but I want to save this so I'm adding it as a blog for me to have and remember how much it meant to my son. I hope you enjoy it and the quotes as well.

Here is a favorite story I used to share with my son Steven still special to me.

The Crayon Box that Talked...
The Color of Friendship

This story teaches us to recognize that we are different, and that it is our differences that give us the ability to take on different jobs. Each person has a role in our community, just as each color has it's place in the rainbow.

However, the story comes with a warning. We will never be happy, or do our jobs as well, unless we work together in friendship.

Encourage your child to see that respect, peace, love and harmony are the basic tools we should use with everyone.

Equality for all - plus a little extra respect for your elders!

Once, a long time ago,
all the colors of the world began to argue...
They each claimed they were the best and most important color.
Here is what they said:

Green said:
I am obviously the most important, because there is more of me than any other color.

I am the color for the grass, the leaves, the trees and mosses.

All the animals would die without me. Clearly, I am the color of life and hope.

Blue frowned:
Green, you have it wrong. The Earth is more than just the ground. I am the color of the sea and sky.

I am water, the starting place of life.

All of your grass, trees and leaves depend on the rain from my sky.

Without me, the earth would be scorched and barren.

Yellow laughed:
You need me to be able to rain, Blue. My heat draws the waters of the sea up into the clouds in the sky and it is when I let the clouds cool that the water comes down.

I bring heat and light into the world through the sun, moon and stars. None of you bring Daffodils into the world, to show the end of winter, or sunflowers to start summer.

I bring smiles and laughter, so without me, there would be no fun.

Orange smirked:
I am the one who is most important, because I am not everywhere, so when I'm seen, I'm special.

At sunset and sunrise, my color fills the sky and everyone forgets the other colors.

I am the color of health and strength.

The orange fruits and vegetables bring precious vitamins that are found nowhere else.

Red shouted:
I am the most important, for I am the color of blood.

Without me, there would be no animals.

I am the color of love, danger and bravery.

Purple stood up:
I am the color of Leaders and power.

The robes of all the great leaders were colored with me.

I am not questioned, people hear and obey!

Finally Indigo spoke, very quietly:
I am the color of silence and thought.

You don't notice me, but without me, you are just loud and showy.

I am the color of twilight and deep water.

You need me to give balance and peace.

The colors didn't stop there; they just continued arguing about who was best until...

The thunder rolled, the lightning flashed and the rain poured down. As the rain fell on each of the shouting colors, he heard what they were saying.
"Foolish colors" he said. "Don't you know that you are each created for a different special reason, and that all of you are needed for the world to work? You each have your purpose to fulfill. Each of us will miss out if you don't all work together. Shake hands and say you are sorry."
The colors were ashamed of themselves and were soon apologizing, and back to being friends. After a time, the rain stopped. The dark clouds rolled away. All the colors worked extra hard, and the world seemed much brighter, much more full of beautiful colors than before.
A few days later, the rain started again, and once again, the colors were quarrelling. The rain was shocked. He said "But you know that each of you is special and has a purpose, and that each of you are different so that all the different jobs can be done. What is there is fight about?"
Rain realized that there was no point in just asking them to say sorry. They had to do something together, that needed all of them, so they could each see that there was a place for everyone. So, rain asked them to form a bridge of color across the sky after each heavy rainfall.
They still weren't perfect, and weren't nice all of the time, but the colors got along much better, because they had a regular reminder that their differences were needed.
Every time you see a rainbow, remind your child that each of the colors has their job to do in the rainbow, and while the rainbow could still be formed with one of them missing, it would not be as beautiful. It's the same with our world. If one of us decides not to contribute, not to do everything they can, the world still is there, but it's not as special as it could be.

Favorite crayon quotes - so much to be learned from a simple crayon!

We could learn a lot from crayons; some are sharp, some are pretty, some are dull, while others bright, some have weird names, but they all have learned to live together in the same box. Robert Fulghum

Life is about using the whole box of crayons. RuPaul

Stop counting crayons, just draw pictures. Mark Scharenbroich

A box of new crayons! Now they're all pointy, lined up in order, bright and perfect. Soon they'll be a bunch of ground down, rounded, indistinguishable stumps, missing their wrappers and smudged with other colors. Sometimes life seems unbearably tragic. Bill Watterson

If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone. Robert Fulghum

Never invest in any idea you can't illustrate with a crayon. Peter Lynch

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination. Robert Fulghum

Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons. Al Hirschfeld

Actually, all education is self-education. A teacher is only a guide, to point out the way, and no school, no matter how excellent, can give you education. What you receive is like the outlines in a child's coloring book. You must fill in the colors yourself. Louis L'Amour

Give crayons. Adults are disturbingly impoverished of these magical dream sticks. Dr. SunWolf,

Beauty without colour seems somehow to belong to another world. Murasaki Shikibu

Art is your personal diary where you may color your thoughts and emotions on a page. Sara, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

Coloring outside the lines is a fine art. Kim Nance

Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the eight-color boxes, but what you're really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I've got a few missing. It's okay though, because I've got some more vibrant colors like periwinkle at my disposal. I have a bit of a problem though in that I can only meet the eight-color boxes. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean, there are so many different colors of life, of feeling, of articulation, so when I meet someone who's an eight-color type I'm like, "hey girl, magenta!" and she's like, "oh, you mean purple!" and she goes off on her purple thing, and I'm like, "no - I want magenta!" John Mayer

Colors are the smiles of nature. Leigh Hunt

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling. G.K. Chesterton

I wish I were a white crayon, that way no one could use me. Author Unknown

Certain peer pressures encourage little fingers to learn how to hold a football instead of a crayon. Rumors circulate around the schoolyard: kids who draw or wear white socks and bring violins to school on Wednesdays might have cooties. I confess to having yielded to these pressures. Chris Van Allsburg

My childhood smells like a box of Crayola crayons. Terri Guillemets

If people want to make war they should make a color war, and paint each others' cities up in the night in pinks and greens. Yoko Ono

Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way they really are or people might think we're stupid. Jules Feiffer

Color is my day-long obsession, joy and torment. Claude Monet

I think the names of colors are at the edge, between where language fails and where it's at its most powerful. A.S. Byatt

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block. Paul Gauguin

Biographical sketch, in fugitive crayons, of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford John Pinkerton, 1799

Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? No. Pablo Picasso

Poured a cup of hot sepia coffee in a wisteria flowered mug, dandelion sunshine spilling through the periwinkle sky. Terri Guillemets

I cannot pretend to feel impartial about colors. I rejoice with the brilliant ones and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns. Winston Churchill

My skin is kind of sort of brownish
Pinkish yellowish white.
My eyes are greyish blueish green,
But I'm told they look orange in the night.
My hair is reddish blondish brown,
But it's silver when it's wet.
And all the colors I am inside
Have not been invented yet.
Shel Silverstein, "Colors"

Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises. Pedro Calderón de la Barca

Pink is not just a color, it's an attitude. Author Unknown

Red is passion-lit, orange is flowerageous, yellow is suntastic, pink is lipsensual, green is lifebursting, blue is skyful, purple is berrydancing, gray is cloudrainy. Terri Guillemets

Your attitude is like a box of crayons that color your world. Constantly color your picture gray, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colors to the picture by including humor, and your picture begins to lighten up. ~Allen Klein
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