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Part 19

Big Crayons

My teacher put three big fat crayons on my desk. what am I supposed to do with them?
BIG CRAYONS1You’re supposed to draw your family, she says.
BIG CRAYONS3I can’t draw with THESE! They’re too big, and they’re hard to hold. They have a flat side to keep them from rolling off the desk. They’re for little kids!
BIG CRAYONS2All you can do with these is make stick figures. You can’t do any detail with them.

BIG CRAYONS4You can’t make fingers, just fat lines. You can’t make faces, just dots for eyes and a line for a mouth.
BIG CRAYONS5I need my pencil. You can DRAW with a pencil.
BIG CRAYONS6So while the other kids are drawing stick figures of their families, I am drawing portraits. With round eyes and eyebrows, and noses. I draw hands with real fingers and belts with buckles and shirts with collars and dresses with buttons.
BIG CRAYONS7I will show everyone how this should be done.

Eddie?

What?
BIG CRAYONS8I hide my pencil under the desk.

Time’s up. Where is your drawing? Everyone else is finished.

BIG CRAYONS9Just a minute, I plead. I’m almost done.
BIG CRAYONS10Suddenly she’s at my desk.

Eddie, what are you doing? You’re supposed to use your crayons. You aren’t following instructions.
BIG CRAYONS11I try to explain about how the crayons don’t work for me and how I need the sharper point on the pencil to draw all the details.

Oh, she says. So you’re special? You don’t have to do the assignments the way everyone else does?
BIG CRAYONS12 She takes my drawing, but she doesn’t put it up on the board with the others.

A week later, a strange thing happens. At a parent-teacher conference she shows Mom and Dad my drawing and tells them what a good artist I am.
BIG CRAYONS13I don’t understand.

 

 

 

 

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Bumpers

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My Fair Lady

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