Once there was a boy who lived in a tough neighborhood in Brooklyn. He had a Beatle haircut and wore Beatle boots, with brass tacks in the soles to make a clicking sound when he walked down the street. He looked a little like Paul McCartney, actually. He spent a lot of time away from home, where there was sometimes trouble. He eventually found trouble on the street too, and was "recruited" into the Boy Scouts, which helped him straighten out. He didn't really want trouble anyway; he was a quiet, thoughtful boy who loved to read and write. He also loved to collect things. He often picked up interesting items he found on the streets, sidewalks and beaches near his home, storing them in a Hellmann's Mayonnaise jar in his bedroom.
He walked along the river, collecting pottery shards and glass beads left behind by people who lived there long before his time, probably the Dutch and English settlers who first arrived in the seventeenth century. He collected contemporary bits too, like campaign and protest buttons and bottle caps.
She got a little older and one day he gave her the jar. She tried to protest but he said, "I want you to have it because I know you appreciate it." She kept the jar on a shelf in her bedroom until she moved out. Now she keeps it in the cabinet under her nightstand. It still smells exactly the same inside the jar. She has added a few things herself, and displays a few bits in a printer's tray. She doesn't see her father often but she loves to talk to him. She cherishes the jar and other important gifts he gave her - a curiosity about bygone times, a passion for old things and a flair for the imaginative.
Don't forget to visit the other Color Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts. Just click on the links below:
Annie at Annie Cholewa
Sandra at Cherry Heart
Gillian at Tales from a happy house.
What is The Color Collaborative?
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a color related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about color in new ways.