9/7/09

The Beauty Of Autumn

Today we have a surprise guest blogger! My daughter (The Bee - of Read The Bee) showed up on my doorstep with a box of hair coloring in her hand. She wanted me to highlight her hair, she got a new cut on Saturday. Of course I said fine...but you have to write a post for me today because this is cutting into my computer time. Right? Agreed. You may not know this about Bee but she, occasionally, can be a bit controlling (eye roll). Her husband calls her "Snappy Turtle". She let me know exactly how she wanted her hair to look and that she would be pissed! if I went too crazy with the highlights, arghh, I think I sprained my left eyeball. She finally took over the little hair coloring toothbrush thing herself because I was laughing too much.
So here is the post she wrote today for your pleasure. I feel you need to understand that she is still obsessed with crayons of all sorts. For her 20th birthday we went to Pennsylvania to pay homage at the Crayola Factory.



Autumn is almost here! This is easily my favorite season. School supply time (even though I'm not in school anymore) is so exciting. I love just walking through the aisles in the store and coveting all the great pens, folders, notebooks and crayons that I would be getting if I had a use for them.

As a child coloring was by far my favorite pass time and I took it very seriously. I had mastered the art of crayon-shading by the time I was 3 years old. And if another kid wanted to borrow a coloring book and color with me ... ugh ... it was an ordeal to say the least. I would have to personally the select the book they would use and often even the page they were allowed to color. Then the entire time they were coloring I was looking over their shoulder and criticizing.

Some kids just don't care, they are all willy-nilly with their color choices. Making giraffes blue and elephants green etc. That drove me CRAZY! What were they thinking? Were the animals supposed to be from Mars or something? Was it some ancient extinct bread of orange alligator that I was unaware of? No. As far as I was concerned, they were just too lazy to come up with appropriate color schemes and therefore unfit to even touch my crayola 64 pack. How about a nice maize/burnt sienna combination for that lion, wouldn't that be nicer?

And don't get me started on the crayon box etiquette. Why did they have to be asked repeatedly to put the G.D. midnight blue back with the rest of the blues where they got it from?!? And sharpening -- no way in hell mister. If you think I'm going to leave your sloppy ass in charge of that job you are sadly mistaken. You better just use that stubby purple and be happy with it or pass it over my way and I will sharpen it properly.

Now that I think of it, I'm pretty sure all the other kids hated me.

14 comments:

Maria@Conversations with Moms said...

Your daughter did a great job. She writes really well. Like Mother, like Daughter.

Blog Queen said...

I second that!! Great job!

Jude said...

I'm curious how the highlights came out. Cute post, I was never very artistic with crayons and I colored willy nilly so your daughter would have never let me even look at her books let alone color.

Buggys said...

The highlights actually look very well. I have never done that before but it was really easy. You really can't do it yourself though, you do need a friend. But $8.00 vs. $60. plus at the hairdresser! She wouldn't let me take a picture.

Rebecca said...

It used to drive me crazy when the other kids wouldn't put the crayons back into my 64 crayons box right either. Fun post!

Julie@Momspective said...

I was the kid who (accidentally) broke all the crayons in the box.

Grace said...

Wow - 64 crayons, we never had that many. We used to have to keep our crayons in the metal box that band-aids came in (see how old I am?)and one time one of the yucky boys took his white Elmer's glue and tried to glue his hands to the metal tin. (Why I would ever remember that, I have no idea). He also liked to eat the white paste glue we had - came in little jars with the brush built into the lid.

The Bee said...

Okay Grace ... I'm not THAT young. I remember paste and the kids that ate it.

Rebecca said...

Buggy I have made corrections and given additional information on that CDC H1N1 toy. Please take time to see these corrections friend.. Thanks!

Lin said...

Oh my, somebody is pretty bossy about the crayon box! Whatever did you do with the broken crayons??

Grampy said...

A crayon box can be a special thing. If it is yours you have to take control.

Staci said...

I have to admit that I still color sometimes. If anyone asks, I say the crayons and coloring books are here for my nephew (he stopped coloring though about 2 or 3 years ago) and I was an art minor, but I still find it relaxing. You have to buy good crayons though, preferably the Crayola ones. Those non-name brands never give you vivid color and smell funky.

Back in the day, I always liked having the coloring books with girls in them like Barbie or Jem, mostly because I liked coloring their makeup and hair.

Carrie said...

OMG! This is so funny...because it's so TRUE! When Ethan was little she used to get irritated with the way he colored. How dare a 3 year old color out of the lines.

The Bee said...

@Lin - broken crayons you say? Never heard of them.

@ Staci - yes! I find it relaxing too. I never thought of coloring as an adult but you may have just inspired me! I used to have Jem coloring books too!! I was such a stickler for using accurate colors that with a coloring book like Jem I was thirlled to finally be able to use the "fun" colors.