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If I Were a Crayon, I’d Color in The Blank Spots

I asked my six-year-old son what he’d be if he were a crayon.

“What do you mean?” he said. “Like the color?”

“Sure,” I said.

“Gold,” he said, “Because gold is awesome. It’s treasure.”

“What else?”

“Nothing. Pencils are better because they have erasers,” he said.

“True,” I said. “But gold is a pretty awesome color for a crayon.”

“And for treasure,” he said.


If I were a crayon, I

If I Were a Crayon, I’d Color in The Blank Spots

If I were a crayon, I’d redraw the world. I’d draw friends for each of us when we need them, and a quiet room to sit in for when we need that instead.

I’d draw sunshine in schools and on busses, so that those who feel darkness are flooded with light and growth, and I’d draw kids who would never make fun of others for not pronouncing words the way they’re supposed to sound. I’d erase bullying, and draw a park to go to for when we need to let the anger come and then, I’d draw a safe space for us to free it.

I’d erase all of the supposed tos, and replace them with creativity, acceptance and empathy.

If I were a crayon, I’d color fairness at work, at the grocery store, and in traffic.

I’d fill in the empty places of fairness in birth, in life, and in death.

I’d draw purple and green people among and beside us as a reminder that skin color and ethnicity gives us roots and history but is meaningless beyond that.

I’d make a color for running with glee and give that color to those who cannot run, nor walk, and I’d give it to those of us who have done so but have forgotten finding freedom in it.  

If I were a crayon, I’d color all of us to know how wonderful we are.

Without erasers, we’d never dream of being invisible.


PS – If I were a crayon, I’d expect complete forgiveness when a kid uses me to draw on your walls, your couch, and your life. It’s not my fault, after all, that I’m made of wax and that I pretty much have become the pattern on your upholstery.

PPS – Packing tape kinda, sorta takes up crayon marks on couches.

PPPS – I realize this post is super-short, but um, my six-year-old has had ONE DAY of school this week, friends. ONE DAY. As in, they’ve already cancelled school tomorrow because of Storm Jonas, and, because of the same storm, my husband had to work late tonight as they’re planning on leaving early tomorrow. Anyway, because I realized this post is super-short, I asked my husband Robert the question. “What if you were a crayon?”

“Huh?” he said. “I guess I’d be orange.” (totally not what I was expecting because I’d instead expected a rational response, of something like “WTF? What do you mean if I were crayon?” Which just goes to show you that Robert is used to me asking him stupid random questions and would rather get back to whatever he’s doing than further delve into my antics.

Anyway. “Why would you be orange?” I said.

“Because I love Tennessee.” he said, which was enough for me to know what he meant because we’re married and stuff but still – disappointing, yes?

PPPPS – Superstorm Jonas is coming tomorrow and OMG any amount of unexpected snow days is a lot of snow days and do you have wine??? I hope my friends on the east coast have wine.

PPPPPS – Also, I did actually write something real this week, so if you’re feeling like you need more veggies than gummy bears right now, read about why we have to forgive people. Oh! Also? I re-did my About Finding Ninee page this week. So um, even with snow days and holidays, I’m grasping at the “What. I did something anyway” straw.


kristi rieger campbell finished post for finding nineeThis has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post. This week’s sentence is “If I were a crayon…”
Your hosts are, me ( as always and the sentence-thinker-upper, Alyssa of Babies, Bloodhounds and Booze, Oh My!

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  • Emily - I just knew you’d make this prompt come alive. 🙂 I love your P.S.’s too. As for that snowstorm, we are actually driving north tomorrow, away from the storm I think, because Big Dude’s boarding school is having a parent event that they refuse to cancel, so off we go! Not sure when we’ll make it back, but oh well! I’m bringing wine with me just in case. :))))January 21, 2016 – 10:12 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks for loving the PS’s Emily! I was kinda lost with this prompt (obviously) so I appreciate that you enjoyed it. And yay for you for traveling away from the storm tomorrow for BD’s school (does he love it? Need an update please.)
      School was cancelled today and didn’t need to be, and is cancelled tomorrow and maybe needs to be.. I guess this is gonna be a big one — I was scheduled to get a haircut on Saturday and they already called me to reschedule, and it’s kinda sorta nice outside. Yikes. Glad you’re bringing wine!!!January 21, 2016 – 10:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelly L McKenzie - Ok so I’m the Canuck on the west coast and now I have to go and google why Tennessee is orange. Ha! And man alive, that storm is all we are hearing about way out here! Stay safe. Enjoy your wine and your orange and gold crayons. Happy coloUring …January 21, 2016 – 10:26 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - LOL Kelly – here’s the thing about the US. So “most” of us (the people like me who grew up in rational states like Colorado) enjoy our pro football teams, like the Denver Broncos.
      Those people (like my husband, bless him) who grew up in the South don’t care much about pro football but about College Football and his team is the Tennessee Volunteers. Because Tucker’s fav color is orange, and the Vols color is orange with a big old Tennessee T, it’s well, that’s part of it. Enough of it anyway, I think.January 21, 2016 – 10:45 pmReplyCancel

    • Lizzi - Hehehe I love it when the ‘u’ words get spelled right 😉January 22, 2016 – 2:18 amReplyCancel

      • Kristi Campbell - Um the “u” is extra and not needed. Just saying.January 22, 2016 – 11:48 pmReplyCancel

        • Lizzi - It’s *always* needed – it’s HOW IT’S SPELLED! 😉January 23, 2016 – 3:33 amReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me - Oh your post is beautiful! I love it! And dammit why don’t I think to ask my Husband shit like that more often? 😀 I know I’d get awesome responses. Except today…because Man Flu. Ugh! Man flu and a snowstorn – heaven help me!
    Looking at 6-12 here from late Friday until Sunday morning. We don’t even get a snow day out of the deal. Just me and the dude with Man Flu and the Kidzilla who believes she’s hatching a cold, too. And me with a cold.
    Screw the wine; I’m having Scotch. 😀January 21, 2016 – 11:12 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - LOL it’s not really worth asking husband shit like that, in my humble opinion!!! You might get better responses than I would. I used to get better but OMG UGH TO MAN FLU!!! The worst!!!
      They’re talking 24″ here which, being from Colorado, I’m like “whatever, kinda big” but for here??? They’ve already shut school down tomorrow. OMG> for real. I’m supposed to get a haircut on Saturday (weep). Hope you all feel better so so soon!!!January 22, 2016 – 12:07 amReplyCancel

  • My Inner Chick - ****I’d erase all of the supposed tos, and replace them with creativity, acceptance and empathy.***

    this is exactly why I dig you! xxxxx kiss from MNJanuary 21, 2016 – 11:36 pmReplyCancel

  • ivy - You know those mixed up crayons that are a fusion of a whole mess of crayons? Yup i would definitely be plaid.January 22, 2016 – 2:09 amReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - Yup, we are one day behind you with the snowstorm finding us supposedly on Saturday here. Yet, today, I just couldn’t resist to answer this prompt to join in with FTSF myself for a change. So, I figure if I am snowed in, at least I am snowed in getting to hang out and read some fun crayon induced posts at the very least. Oh and by the way, I am with Emily and loved your P.S’s so much, too!! 🙂January 22, 2016 – 3:16 amReplyCancel

  • JT Walters - White but if I couldn’t be white then hunter green. White because it allows for the presence of all light, if you are interested. Robert could be orange easily.January 22, 2016 – 4:07 amReplyCancel

  • Ripped Jeans & Bifocals - There is so much to love about this one. I like orange and I like T’s response and pretty much everything you write. Hope you’re stocked up for the big storm, my friend. P.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S.S. The P.S.’s were the best part of the post.January 22, 2016 – 4:30 amReplyCancel

  • Ruchira Khanna - I loved your son’s response…gold color…how awesome! everything is shiny 🙂

    I loved your perspective on being a crayon and absolutely loved the P.S’s…..LOL

    Happy to link up and be a crayon 😉January 22, 2016 – 5:05 amReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - You did well. I like the idea of everyone being coloured so they could see their own wonderfulness. That’s a pretty awesome idea. *really* I clicked through to your ‘love is love’ post and read that again, because it’s quite brilliant. Maybe I’d use my crayon to colour myself in a no-baby family though. Or a someone-else’s-kid family 🙂

    P.S. Your storm sucks
    P.P.S Your P.P.S’s don’tJanuary 22, 2016 – 6:54 amReplyCancel

  • Dana - I have one more errand run before we hunker down – we need beer! And junk food.

    “Without crayons, we’d never dream of being invisible.” Love that. It makes me sad to know that so many people feel that way. Color in the blank spaces – yes.

    And your conversation with Robert made me laugh – he’s a blogger’s husband for sure. Just answer my wife so she’ll leave me alone and not ask me anymore dumb questions…ha!January 22, 2016 – 12:52 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Beer and junk food YAY! We have so much food here it’s crazy. I went to the store yesterday and Robert went today without knowing what I’d gotten. I think we have three dozen eggs and four loaves of bread. And enough sandwich stuff to feed the neighborhood.January 22, 2016 – 2:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerry - I love love love this. Crayons. Now you’re speaking my language. I have wanted to take part in this for a while, but this week is when I was meant to begin. Working on my colourful post now.January 22, 2016 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Oh I hope you do link up Kerry! It’s a fun blog hop! I can’t wait to read your colorful post 🙂January 22, 2016 – 5:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Lisa @ Golden Spoons - Well, I love the world you would draw. My kids are home today, too. Right now, we have a little snow but mostly sleet. Yuck! Hope you can sat safe, warm, and sane through the big storm! Love the About page, too – I need to update mine desperately!January 22, 2016 – 1:32 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks Lisa! It’s starting to pile up here a little bit – is it still just sleeting for you? I hope you guys stay safe and warm as well and that NONE OF US loses power (knocks on wood).January 22, 2016 – 6:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Allie - You are a clever you, yes you are! I am no, therefore, I did not write a post. Actually, I haven’t written anything in a while. Ugh…I have to shake it off.

    As always – little Tucker is Brilliant. And I don’t like your husband’s answer either. I have the Volunteers…………… And the Gators, who are also Orange (and My husband is a Gator:()January 22, 2016 – 2:12 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Yeah, my husband’s answer was boring. Sometimes, I try to rile him up with stupid questions – maybe I’ve just done that too often. Hey write about being a crayon! You’ll get there. Truly. xoJanuary 22, 2016 – 6:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Rabia Lieber - Love it! The world needs more artists like this! I’m gonna try to stay openminded and calm this weekend as we get snowed in. Ugh!January 22, 2016 – 5:43 pmReplyCancel

  • Tamara Klein Bowman - Scarlet actually wrote a letter to herself in school today, as if she were a crayon. I asked her if she was participating in FTSF and she looked at me like, “Huh?”
    Wicked coincidence.
    She likes white crayons by the way, but her favorite is Scarlet, because.. Scarlet!
    Me too.
    I hope you stay warm. We’re expecting no snow. How is that possible?January 22, 2016 – 9:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Marcia @Menopausalmom - This is beautiful, I love this line—“Without erasers, we’d never dream of being invisible.” Brilliant!January 22, 2016 – 11:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Lola Marguerita - I think I’d be green. I like green.January 22, 2016 – 11:58 pmReplyCancel

  • Clark Scottroger - “Nothing. Pencils are better because they have erasers,” he said”
    kinda with Tucker on this one….

    never that much into coloring, but the quesiton is: trace or fill in?

    (second childhood disillusionment: tracing, while looking easier to not mess up, isn’t lol)January 23, 2016 – 2:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Christine Carter - I have been thinking about you SO MUCH!!!!! Are you totally snowed in? Buried? Do you have enough wine? Enough of that ‘other stuff’? I HOPE AND PRAY YOU DO!!!

    I didn’t think your post was too short, btw. I thought it packed a punch of power and I absolutely loved Tucker’s answers and the way you went with this prompt. As always- your message of love and empathy and all things for all people was beautiful.January 23, 2016 – 2:53 pmReplyCancel

  • Joy Christin Detor Holland - What a beautiful crayon you would be!!January 24, 2016 – 3:09 amReplyCancel

  • Vidya Sury - Awww hugs! Kristi – if I were a crayon, I’d like to create happiness all around and draw smiles and fulfill wishes. <3 Love your post. I love that your son loves a gold crayon. I once bought a box of multicolored glitter crayons and loved it.January 24, 2016 – 7:42 amReplyCancel

  • April Grant - I’m late, but here’s my post: 25, 2016 – 2:34 amReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Well I happen to know via my close to you friend that there’s no school or work today either. We got about two snowflakes and Christopher had one day of school last week. Three for MLK and teacher work days, then one off for the weather that didn’t happen.

    Christopher also loves orange and adopted this favorite color based on the Bengals colors.January 25, 2016 – 8:58 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - UGH! No school tomorrow either. Gah. Tucker only had one day of school last week too – two for MLK/Teacher Work and then two for snow that didn’t happen until Saturday afternoon. GO orange! (as in the Broncos ;))January 26, 2016 – 7:08 pmReplyCancel

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