The Great Crayola Debate

One of my favorite smells is the inside of a large box of Crayola crayons.

(By the way, my Sweet Babboo and I are involved in an ongoing debate regarding these tools: Is it pronounced cray-ons or crans?  Feel free to comment.  I’m prepared to tuck tail, as I’m usually wrong.  :-))

So on a rainy day, I LOVE breaking out the giant drawing pad and cray-ons – or crans – with my 1 year-old.  It’s a special thing for him still, since I don’t let him use this stuff every day. 

It’s been delightful watching him learn to hold a writing instrument and make bold, swishing motions across the paper.

And I HAVE to draw something in the area or I’ll burst. 

Woof.

So what am I supposed to tell Riley?

It’s coloring time!  Let’s use our cray-ons…?

or

It’s coloring time!  Let’s use our crans…?

Either way, it’s awfully fun.

More fun if lots of people choose my pronunciation.

There’s many ways to keep a passion alive, even when the days don’t allow much time for hobbies or practicing the arts.  And if it’s something that keeps me connected to my kids,

yeah.

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14 thoughts on “The Great Crayola Debate

  1. I interviewed at a company in the Pennsylvania Lehigh Valley called Binney and Smith. They had a product line called Crayola. Cray-o-la is how that company pronounced it. I suspect the words crayon and Crayola were meant to linked together by the marketing people. I don’t remember anyone at the company calling them crans.

  2. Sooo. Being raised a Rhode Islander… I always THINK I am saying ‘Cra-yons’, but I’m pretty sure it comes out ‘Crans’, EVERY TIME!!! As in: “Pick up those Crans!” I definitely attempt to squeeze all those great sounds into ONE syllable. You he-ah?

  3. Sixty years ago it was cray-ons so it’s still crayons for me! In fact, I just bought a box of
    crayons for myself last week. Enjoyed your drawing of the dog. Woof!
    Grandma

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