Children at young ages find a box of crayons to be inviting. Is it the contrast between the bright and dark colors as they sit in the box, waiting to be poured out onto the floor? Is it the need to find a way to express themselves in artistic and abstract ways? Whatever the reason, children pick up their colors and make purple suns, green clouds, and blue people.
As a parent, you proudly display it on the refrigerator and tell them how beautiful their work is. The child feels a sense of love from seeing their art on the door. The children do not see the boundaries that we as adults see, we know that the sun is some hue of yellow. They keep coloring the same purple sun!
Eventually, as they age, you tell them the sun should be yellow. The child makes a new picture with a yellow sun, and once again you hang it on the refrigerator. They overhear you tell Grandma how great it is that your child is now coloring the sun the right color. How do you suppose they feel about all of the other purple suns?
Children’s art shows color blindness, and parenting shows how we can teach them the art of love, regardless of their choices. Just as crayons were a staple at my house, I guess they are still at many houses across America. For our children, their children, and all of the US to heal, we need to see the beauty in the blue people and purple suns.