Raw umber

10 Aug

Not my photo – photographer unknown

One of my most treasured childhood possessions was my box of Crayola crayons. As I sit here, I can feel the textured paper clinging to the silky-smooth wax. My box of crayons was always perfectly arranged in colour order. I loved the colours, but, I think, more than the colours, I loved their names. Aquamarine, Indian Red, Prussian Blue, Forest Green, Raw Sienna, Brick Red… names that fire the imagination. So many of my colour references today are from Crayola. Raw umber and burnt orange were my favourites. I loved the way the names rolled off my tongue.

Now I’m no shopaholic. In fact, I don’t like shopping, especially when it’s for myself. Where I’m sitting, though, is a shop boasting a cardigan in a perfectly exquisite burnt orange. Good thing that it’s about four sizes too small for me.

I finally managed to finish my Worcestershire sauce book today. That is, after the smell dissipated enough for me to be able to carry it with me onto public buses and into classes.

If you could have one super power, what would you want? I would love the ability to heal or comfort with just a touch – where words are superfluous and reasoning an unnecessary extra. On the other hand… the ability to teleport would have been very useful today *sigh*


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