This year my card is black just because I like it, and because I can.
My teacher, Gladys Hamlin, was disturbed. Five year-old Teri colored her Christmas ornaments black. I remember explaining to her and my parents that I liked how black crayons showed up on a piece of white paper. When I ran my fingers over them, black seemed more shiny and smooth than other colors. They weren’t convinced.
“Should I fail her?” Mrs. Hamlin asked. Mom must have thought a message needed to be sent and said yes because I sure enough failed first grade coloring. I don’t remember being disappointed that I failed, I do remember being disappointed that they didn’t listen to me.
What did they know? I was actually ahead of my time. These days even Joanna Gaines paints things black. Within a few blocks of our house there are now three black houses. Turns out it’s a big thing these days.
So, this year, since the top thing on my It’s Not Too Late list is “be true to myself” you’re getting a black Christmas card… because I think it’s pretty and I love how it shines and sparkles!
Next year let’s all Do It! the way WE like it!
PS The Professor says he likes it too. So there.