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Eat the Crayon — Curate your Lessons Wisely

Robin Riback
2 min readSep 6, 2022


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New crayons of all many colors standing upright in a glass jar
Photo by Veronica Lorine on Unsplash

Art supplies

Second-grade art class was fun! Remember the boxes of sixty-four crayons? Even their waxy whiff was enticing. Flip the top to see the bleachers filled with multi-colored cone hats. Sky-blue called out Pick Me! and we swiped thin lines to create our horizons. Forest-green called, Here I Am, and our stumpy hands constructed lollypop trees. Yellow winked at us to encourage our wobbly sun circles.

We continued to draw on our creativity until the third week when tragedy struck. Mark chewed on magenta as he grinned, bright pink dribbling down his chin.

DON’T EAT THE CRAYON! Mrs. Garson yelled as she crashed into the desk, toppled the hamster cage, and ran face-first into the cinder block wall.

Crayons are for coloring! Distraught, she hobbled back to her square desk.

Later at recess, we jumped rope as we chanted our fear:

Mark was peckish in class today –

He chomped on a crayon causing disarray–

Marky, Marky heed our cries –

Do not eat our art supplies!

Indelible Effects

We suffered the consequences of this episode long into the future —

A young child crying, eyes closed, mouth open — close up.

In fifth grade, as we melted crayons between parchment paper, we cried as we remembered.

In tenth grade, we worked on algebra problems when someone joked about an upcoming field trip, “Hey Mark, we’re going to the wax museum — You hungry?”

After high school, we dispersed. Many of us kept in the line by studying what our parents advocated: pre-med, law, and business.

Today’s pics

Today is better when we place panicked pedagogues in the past and surround ourselves with wise teachers, coaches, and pundits who help guide us into a lemon-yellow future where uncertainty means possibility.

Go! Find sparkling mentors who illustrate bright data points — the bar graph with goldenrod rectangles is your off-the-chart potential and the pie chart’s largest slice is your cobalt-blue success.

Let’s color now outside the lines to draw nearer to those who encourage us to eat the crayon.



Robin Riback

I write humor self-help articles & fiction with a smudge of the dark side. Do you want to write stronger, better, faster? I can help.