Outside the Lines

{From Deidra at Jumping Tandem}


Remember those boxes of 64 Crayola crayons with the built-in sharpener?

In my world, it didn’t get much better than that.

I could spend hours with a box of crayons and a coloring book. My grandmother or my mother would color one page, and I would color the page next to it.

As the years went by, I took pride in my ability to stay in the lines.

That was way before I knew anything about abstract art.

Before I had seen a painting by Picasso…disjointed and vibrant and true.

It was before I knew about musical dissonance.

Before I knew about markers!

Markers stained my hands and fingertips with c o l o r .

They bled through the paper and left bold tints on whatever lay beneath.

When I held the tip of the marker to a piece of clean white paper, the color spilled onto the page in a brightly-hued, growing circle of ink.

That may have been the end of staying in the lines for me and the beginning of trying to figure out what colors my life will leave behind.

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8 Comments to “Outside the Lines”

  1. HisFireFly says:

    Your life is leaving a rainbow, brilliant with His glory!
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  2. Do you color outside the lines? Featuring @DeidraRiggs. http://ht.ly/5SccY

  3. Wonderful post, it is really deep and making me wonder about me and my life, how I am forced to stay within and not color outside of the lines. Truly inspiring, thank you!
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  4. [...] crayons with the built-in sharpener? In my world, it didn’t get much better than that.” Outside the Lines, featured at Storybleed [...]

  5. Robin Dance says:

    Missed this when I was in NYC– LOVE @StoryBleed's feature by @DeidraRiggs http://t.co/f154WVm ~"Outside the lines" {evokes great memories}

  6. Deidra says:

    Missed this when I was in NYC– LOVE @StoryBleed's feature by @DeidraRiggs http://t.co/f154WVm ~"Outside the lines" {evokes great memories}

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