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A Box of Broken Crayons

Updated on August 1, 2016

It was only a box of broken crayons - a mistake I made but it helped me to realize what life is all about.

I was four years old when I joined a group of first graders in an elementary school far north.

My mom's a fifth grade teacher on that school and hanging out on her classroom was a little bit boring because their lessons were out of space.

I cannot understand a bit but only stories with moral lessons. So to keep me wandering off school grounds, she took me as a visitor on the first grade class.

My childhood on that elementary school was a little blur because I used to travel a lot from my mom's school to our home at the south but I did enjoy the gardening and most of all the lessons learned inside the four-corner room.

Life on this faraway land was pretty hard. It's not really our hometown but my mom was assigned on that school so we have to move temporarily. It was a small town far north with farms stretching wide into the horizon.

We lived on a small nipa hut alongside sugarcanes and corns.

So there.

The story started when one ordinary day, the first graders brought their own coloring and art materials to school. So I just watched silently while my 'classmates' scribbled drawings and colour them with fancy crayons.

When I came home, my mom surprised me with this single-box of new crayons, said my teacher mentioned about arts in school.

I honestly admit that we were not included on the list of rich people but I'm somehow grateful that I don't have to suffer or starve like other kids I've seen because their parents have no work.

So the next day, I'm very happy to have my art materials to bring to school. But the happiness fades away very quickly. I saw one girl in class with a box of double crayons, meaning she has a variety of colours than that of single-box.

A single-box crayon only has 8 colors - primary colours like green, blue and red while hers have shades of pinks and red violets, with 16 colors.

Yes, I'm really jealous and I think of ways how can I ask my mother to buy me a double-box crayons. Later that night, a brilliant idea came into my mind - or so I thought it was.

I broke one crayon and told her that I needed a new set, this time the double-set one.

But she said I could still use it since it was not that small and there are other colours still not broken so I could still use it to colour some of my drawings. I was hurt and thought she never loved me.

The next day was Saturday and I find myself on my room sketching on my notebook and applying colours to it when the brown crayon I was holding was broken into two because of my tight grip. I'm still heartbroken because my mom denied buying me what I want.

I'm her only daughter that time and she's brave enough to say No to my whining. Some parents I know, like that of my cousins, spoiled their kids by buying them and giving them whatever they want. Well, who can blame them? They have two set of parents working and they have a lot to spare. As we always say, they're more fortunate to have more.

But there's no room for such thing in my life and I have to grow up without the material luxuries of life.

My mom says No when she knows it's not really necessary but as far as I know, she gave me everything - the love and the discipline to strive hard - which I really applied on the real life.

So moving forward with my brilliant plan, I broke all my crayons in halves and throw them outside the window for her to see when she had to visit the sugarcanes and corns outside.

Oh men, I was so wrong! After a while, she confronted me why I just wasted one box of crayons when she put a lot of effort and hard work to buy me those art materials.

"You better get all those broken crayons kid, if you don’t want to miss art in school."

She was hurt deeply because I never appreciate the things she gave me. I'm supposed to take care of the things I have and not to waste them. She can buy me a double-box if she wants, but it was her intention to let me realize and learn first that you have to appreciate whatever you have on your hand. We were not that rich and my mom have to save once in a while because the life that God gave us was not gold.

So she then said, "If you don't know how take care of small things, how are you supposed to take good care of the big ones?"

I really loved school. I love how those children admired me and the teacher always praising me because I'm a fast learner even I'm only a visitor on their class. So with tears on my eyes, I silently put all those broken crayons on its box again.

From then on, I always value the things I have and not wanting for more. I trust that my mom knows what I need and I know that she's trying to give me everything in life.

I have learned to appreciate gifts and items that were given to me and be contented of what I have for now.

That box of broken crayons reminds me to make the most of things I have. It expands my creativity and skills on finding new things which I could use.

I learned that my mom have to worked hard every day just to buy us our needs. So I never asked for more or for things I saw on someone's desk.

It was then that a dream started to form into my memory. I have to strive hard and be a successful person someday so that I could give the life my mom deserved to have. I have to lift our life for the better so we could enjoy the things we never experienced on the past.

A box of broken crayons helped me understand the value of money, of hard-work and dedication in life.

Life is about using the whole box of crayons - even if it's all broken.


© 2013 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A Box of Broken Crayons awesome colors and so beautifully thought of

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hi, Meldz! Nice to see you again! Thanks for stopping by.

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. It is always nice to learn something from the little things and we can use it for our daily life. :-)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much @Pstraubie. Your comment is really wonderful!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a wise woman your Momma was. And how fortunate you are to have learned such important lessons as a very young child. Some children grow to adults without learning these lessons. The very last line summed it up so well.

      Thanks for sharing this with us.

      Sending Angels to you on the 30th day of 2013 :) ps

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Lesley.. Thanks for stopping by and for the votes and nice message :)

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Myz, I loved this story, beautifully told and great message.

      Thank you and a big vote up from me.

      Best wishes Lesley

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you Mary! I think every little thing we do has a lesson to teach us..we just sometimes ignore it. thanks for the read!

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      Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      I love this story. Who knew that a box of crayons could also hold so many important lessons?

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hi cris. thanks for stopping by. and glad to read your comment - its so true.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Deb, thank you soo much!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hehe me too lovedoctor ;)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks skeety. your comment is appreciated.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Realhousewife, im honored. I really aprpeciate this wonderful comment. your words are so true.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much Tammy for this nice comment.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great message you have on this hub specially on learning how to appreciate the little things, to be always grateful and value what's rather important in life. It also depicts of the love and wonderful relationship you have with your mother and the colours of life-metaphorically speaking.

      I enjoyed reading this. Thanks.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      I loved this hub so much!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is the most wonderful hub teaches everyone on how to value money and life. You had a wonderful mother..

      voted up

      sharing

      Debbie

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I love the smell of crayons. Just revisiting. I enjoyed this hub very much.

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      SkeetyD 4 years ago from Barbados

      A wonderful and valuable lesson learnt the simplest of ways. Awesome story. Thank you for sharing it and giving your readers a reason to smile today

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I'm so glad Tammy passed this along! I love it!

      So true true...I always knew there were kids who had way more than me but there were kids who had way less too. My parents didn't allow us to feel sorry for ourselves if we didn't get every single thing. We knew what it felt like to want. They also showed us how to use our brains to go on out and get it for ourselves:) lol

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is poignant and moving and something we can all relate to. Made me think of being a little kid. This is an exceptional hub!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello kj force. nice to see you again. what's up? havent seen you for a while. yeah me too..when the crayons were small enough to use, then we melt it and use it on art, fantastic idea right.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thankkk you so much Koffeklatch for this very nice comment!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      it will take some time suhail..i know. and you're right, in the end, it doesnt matter anymore.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      hello deb, yeah i guess i kinda have those times too :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      thanks for sharing chit. :)

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      kjforce 4 years ago from Florida

      unknownspy.. wow..what a great message that we all can relate to..society has wasted so much through the years and so of us have wasted precious moments and friendships..due to this..always wishing for the " whatever there should be more " syndrome, instead of enjoying what we have in our possession at the moment..great lesson ..my mom used to melt all the broken crayons and then I had "rainbow " ones, my friends were always jealous of mine....enjoyed the hub..thanks for sharing...

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      If only there were more parents out there like your mother. Too many kids these days seem to feel they are entitled. Wonderful story.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      aviannovice,

      I didn't grow up poor, but in grade 4 my self-esteem was so badly shattered by a clique of bullying students and their protective teachers that it took my parents many years to help me bring it back. Grade 4 and 5 were especially bad for me for I was a carefree lad loving flora and fauna. Those students used to make fun of me how I talked, dressed up, and had low quality of class room material with me. I was unable to shake off the negative effects till grade 11. Now when i look back and think about those jeering class mates, I say the pain was great, but in the end it really didn't matter.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Exactly, Mycee. I grew up poor, so I even used my pencils until I could no longer sharpen them. Even today, I use everything until it can no longer be used any more.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very important lesson of life told beautifully in the form of a story. Great hub with great message. Sharing it on Pintrest.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      michelle, thank you for sharing and for stopping by! muwahh

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Now, a box of crayons teaches you more than art. Thanks for sharing, Myz.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thank you so much for the lovely message Travmaj. i think she did great teaching me that not all the things i want i can have. :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hello Paula! appreciate much the ups and for reading! thank you!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Thankkk you so much for reading Suhail, and for the lovely comment. appreciate it very much

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      That was very sweet Genna! thanks for sharing and for loving the story of my past.

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      travmaj 4 years ago from australia

      Oh my, how we live and learn. And learning begins at an early age. An amazing story, one of courage and determination of a parent who knows how to make a child appreciate life as it is - and in such a quiet honest way. Lovely story - thank you

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      This is a wonderful story, told to express how you learned an important lesson in life. Beautifully done, Spy and I compliment your style. UP++

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I came to this hub thanks to sharing by Genna East and loved it immensely. There is a very good lesson for us parents to show our children.

      Beautifully narrated. Thank you for sharing this chapter from your life for all of us to learn from.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      “Life is about using the whole box of crayons - even if it's all broken.”

      This is one of the best stories I’ve read in a long time. And you wrote it from a learning child’s perspective, which is not easy to do. Voted up and more, and sharing. :-)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wow!! thank you so much sha for this compliment :) your message gives meaning to this line: life is about using the whole box of crayons - even if its all broken.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Spy this is absolutely the best hub you've presented yet! What a message! Life is a box of broken crayons. Pick up the pieces move on and paint a beautiful life with what you have been given.

      Wow, sweetie, I just love, love, love this!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Hehe thank you so much for the wonderful message quicksand. yeah, you're right that i had my fair share of lessons while growing up.. oh so many memories.

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      quicksand 4 years ago

      So, that's childhood! Full of memories. Happy ones, funny ones, memories that have an impact on you for life, incidents that you look forward to going back to ... (if only you had a time machine!) ... incidents that shape your future ...

      Well, UnknownSpy, you have had your share too in the learning process. Cheers and good wishes to you! :)

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      @Beckie, Maria Cecilia, Cre8tiveone, Bill, Europewalker, xstatic, arun, michael, healthylife, Jamie, Tom, Nancy, dilipchandra, rosemay, Rich, Mhatter, Rosaline, Rasma, Eddy,

      Thank you so much for the messages, for the shared and votes and especially to your opinions too. Your comments are my inspiration to write more. God bless.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderful read and also an important life lesson too.

      Thank you so much for sharing and here's to so many more for us both to share on here.

      Eddy.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up. Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed this. It's true children decide they want one thing and don't understand why they cannot have it.

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      rosalinem 4 years ago

      unknown spy, this hub was great, lesson learnt.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Very impressive lesson. Believe it or not, I can relate. Thank you for this.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Myz - Really a great way of teaching all of one of life's lessons learned. I'll have to admit, I was a spoiled kid, as I screamed incessantly for the box of 64, and normally got them. Funny how the primary colors were always the ones to wear down first. Great Job!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Well written and a great message. A lesson learned and one that made you the thoughtful person that you are today.

      Awesome

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      Dilip Chandra 4 years ago from India

      Excellent, simply excellent hub, it was well written. I like the title you have chosen.

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Such tough lessons that we all had to learn.

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      Thomas Silvia 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great hub and so beautifully written with a very valuable lesson, well done !

      Vote up and more !!! SHARING !

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 4 years ago from Reno NV

      Everytime we buy a new box of crayons for Sam and Hannah they break them in half, I spend most of my cleaning up finding half crayons everywhere. Of course we don't discourage the behaviour though, we just buy more, I don't want to extinquish the spark of a master artist. Jamie

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I really enjoyed this and what a valuable lesson your mother taught you. Although as adults we all need a reminder to appreciate what we have. Voted up!

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      cleaner3 4 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Well Missy, this is a story that all mothers should tell thier children as a learning lesson. this is a great story Spy. So simple but filled to the brim with wisdom and love. Great write.

      Michael

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      ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE 4 years ago from KOLKATA

      How otherwise an insignificant event and material can result in a lifelong lesson and completely change the mindset -wonderful story. Thanks for sharing.It has touched me very much as some of my hubs will give credence to the fact. Thanks for sharing. Wish you all the best and more such interesting hubs.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      I was too easy as a parent. My now 24 year old daughter agrees with that too. She survived though and prospered. I too had only the eight crayon box, so made sure that my daughter had the biggest box avaialble.

      Well done, as billybuc said!

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      europewalker 4 years ago

      As a mom I know that it is hard to say "NO" at times but we do it anyway. What a wonderful story. Your lesson learned early in life is worth more than gold. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A great metaphor and lesson for life. I love stories like this that have so much meaning. Well done Myz!

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      cre8ivOne 4 years ago from Midwest, USA

      Very nice. I think it is really important to not rely or expect too many material things, I am not sure enough children today understand this.

      I am glad the crayons are a reminder to you and you have grown as a person and realized that what we need is enough to get by and the appreciate that. Nice job!

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      Maria Cecilia 4 years ago from Philippines

      Oh Spy nice to see you again, your story reminded me of my mother too, so we both have that kind of story during childhood LOL? my version was this small sharpener, it was not that sharp and I was impatient, I hit it with a bamboo and it broke into two, my mother didn't do anything but I ran to her crying and hugged her, I realized I had more conscience when I was young....I felt guilty then and sorry for my mother. I am an only child and this story made my eyes misty.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Spy - Absolutely outstanding way in which to send a valuable lesson. Your depth of writing while using the broken box of crayons as the lesson learned is fantastic.

      I know you were gone for a bit but I am glad you are back. Please know I missed you - especially your insight and maturity.

      Outstanding and I am voting up and sharing as well.