Penmanship. For the love of the pen.

Pens and Pencils

My first recollection of pens and pencils, remembered as a small child, was admiring my mothers pretty stationary. What caught my eye the most, was the writing on the paper. It seemed perfectly lined even though there were no lines on the paper, all the words and letters were slanted in handwritten fashion. I remember the feel of the paper, how the ink looked and how in some places it was thicker and smudged.

I can see my mother now as if it were yesterday, pen in hand, face pressed close to the paper, writing as if it were her last words, and with her glasses on, I can still remember how smart and brilliant she looked on that day. The kitchen was filled with sunlight, the kitchen table was her desk. It was clean of anything kitchen related and became a place where she seemed to get lost in the motion of pen in hand and its connection with the piece of stationary. Often times there would be other stationary pieces on the table, with a different style of penmanship and it was not at all like my mother’s.

Fast forwarding to present day. I absolutely love my handwriting. Why? It is identical to my mothers, slanted and perfect in every way. I have spent hours, upon hours trying to perfect my penmanship. Which is probably a big reason why I didn’t do so well in school. I spent all my time perfecting my penmanship and not actually completing my homework. BIG FAT FAIL! Oh well, long gone, in the past, and I still have amazing handwriting. Laughing out loud…

I think the biggest thing that propelled me into this love of penmanship,  wait for it…..  was the feel of the pencil against the paper as it glided up and down between the lines. Such a feeling of control, I could make this pencil move in any direction I want it to. I could move it to be light and gentle or I could move it to be hard and rough.

As I grew older and graduated into the pen, I began to really experiment with my ability to use the pen. The feeling of the pen in my hand, the way the pen glided up and down between the lines was 10 times better than the pencil. How exciting! I also discover as I got older, that the pen to paper can change as my mood did. How brilliant is that? Sometimes it can be big and sloppy or at times it can be neat and proper. Ah, the discovery of the many different pen styles, Heaven! I had the most pens in one pencil case a student could ever possibly need. By then the pen requirements were becoming more sophisticated. Really, depending on the type and style of paper you have, there is a pen that goes with that style of paper. Sorry you didn’t know that. Laughing out loud again…

Now that I have reached a modest maturity level in my life, I mostly dedicated myself to the good old HB pencil. Yes I have tried all the fancy, insert the, lead, type pencils. Still prefer the, sharpen yourself, HB. My dedication over the years to many different types of pens, I finally ended up with two favourites, the Bic and Paper mate. I must admit though, I am always on the hunt for the perfect pen. It has to have the right fit to my hand, it has to have the right kind of movement on the paper, it has to have the right kind of point/ball tip and it has to be the right kind of blue. Every once in a while, with or during a mood change, I will change the colour of the pen as well.

I journal daily with my favourite pen, I still love the feel of the pen in my hand, the pen to paper, the way it glides up and down between the lines, I still remember the day of watching my mother at the kitchen table, writing return letters to friends and family. I can’t remember the last time I wrote a letter. Everyone I know today is on one or all of the social media networks and everyone totally has an email address or a .com, ( Giggling )

What in the world would I possibly do with a pen and paper now? Lets see; write in my journal, ( that’s only by choice, I could have a journal on my computer. ) taking notes, grocery list, by choice as well. I am starting to get used to the idea of putting the list in my phone instead. Still not quite a habit yet. Listing things to do on my to do list and then checking them off. Maybe marking a special note on the calendar. That’s about all I can come up with for now.

Do Best selling authors, poets, screenwriters, etc, still use pen and paper or are they slowly phasing out the pen as well?

Are the days of pens and pencils numbered?

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