Can you name a song with a color in its title? How many can you name without researching it? I managed 36 song titles, and certainly there are many more that could be found. It surprised me recently to read that there are approximately 10 million colors that the human eye can distinguish!
In 1885, cousins Edwin Binney and Harold Smith founded a business that specialized in colorants for industrial use, including red iron oxide pigments used in barn paint and carbon black chemicals used for making tires black and extending their useful lifespan. In 1903, Binney & Smith developed a line of wax crayons under the name Crayola.
Crayola began with a pack of eight crayons in 1903. They added eight more crayons in 1930, and eight more in 1999, making it a box of 24 crayons. However, by 1998 they were actually producing 120 different colors. Since that time, whenever they introduce a new color, one of the existing colors is retired. Including the retired colors, there have been 170 colors developed by the Crayola company.
The company is also credited with the world's largest crayon, weighing in at 1,500 pounds and fifteen feet in length. It is on exhibit at The Crayola Experience, a museum located in Pennsylvania.
Crayola also conducted a "color census" and determined that the overall favorite color among Americans was blue. Cerulean placed second, and Purple Heart came in third place.
Among the more surprising facts about Crayola is that the company also produces Silly Putty, described as a silicone polymer children's toy. It was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2001. And that brings me to my grandma.
She was always faithful to give all her grandchildren a gift at Christmas and bake goodies, sometimes letting us help. I will never forget the pink footies she crocheted for me, complete with a pink button sewn on the top of the toe area. Then there was the year she gave several of us Silly Putty for Christmas. I was 12 or 13 years of age, but tried to seem appreciative as I tore that small egg out of its packaging.
Mawmaw lived to be 103! What a precious, godly lady with an unsuspected sense of humor. In her final years with us the comical antics were rarely intentional, but she always brought a smile to our faces. I hold dear so many memories of various stages in my life that include her, and her gentle, loving husband whom we called Pawpaw.
They truly colored my world in so many ways, the most important of which was raising a son to follow after them in loving God and loving others; I called him "dad." Looking back these many years later at that little container of Silly Putty, I hope Mawmaw knew the place she held, and still holds, in my heart.
Steven Callis is the minister at First Church of the Nazarene in Douglasville.