I Wish I Had a Purple Crayon

As a child, I was a voracious reader. (Still am.) One of my favorites was—and is—Harold and the Purple Crayon, a 1955 children's book by Crockett Johnson. Harold, is a curious four-year-old boy who, with his purple crayon, has the power to create a world of his own simply by drawing it.

Harold wants to go for a walk in the moonlight, but there is no moon, so he draws one. He has nowhere to walk, so he draws a path. He has many adventures looking for his room, and in the end, he draws his own house and bed and goes to sleep.

I was discussing the pros and cons of being self-employed: Having to do my own marketing, finding clients, accounting, taxes, and of course, the actual writing.

I said to my friend, “I wish I had a purple crayon.” But then, I realized that I do have a purple crayon. I have the power to create my own path and find my way to a successful writing business. And this realization came to me as I was holding a purple pen.

Perhaps Harold was my subconscious inspiration when I chose the color purple for my logo. Why I have a purple business card case. And, not to go overboard, carry a purple purse.

Many a motivational poster urge us to ‘color with every crayon in the box.’ But for now, I’m going to concentrate on purple, lavender, violet, orchid, and yes, even periwinkle, to color my own path.