I had a lot of favorite books as a child: The Giving Tree, Make Way For Duckling, Oh, The Places You’ll Go… and this one:
In fact, I may or may not have been caught, shortly after being exposed to this book, re-enacting the cover art in my bedroom closet, with a black permanent marker. Personally I think my parents should have been happy that I chose to do it inside a closet, but if I recall correctly, they were not very appreciative. Go figure.
Luckily, I grew up before the age of digital photography, so that moment wasn’t captured. Unfortunately for Benjamin, mommy is armed with a camera pretty much monumentally, so his little faux pas was indeed captured. Behold: Benny and the Blue Crayon.
I’m really hoping that the fact that I stopped to take a photo wasn’t interpreted as my approval of these actions. Hmm..