From the “Whatever happened to …” Padlet comes this suggestion.
How many of us have multiple devices, but no pen? Or even the excitement over getting fancy pens (like the Cross one)? Then there’s the fact that adults spend a lot to time not using a pen, but most kids still spend the majority of time in the classroom using a pencil or pen. What does this say about how we’re preparing kids for their current reality? Is there a good balance, and what is it?
This was posted anonymously so I can’t give credit. I can tell you that I am a pen hoarder. As a result of the cleaning around here, I have put most of the excess pens and pencils from my desk into holders.
Hmmm. If I hadn’t put them back on the shelf, I’d retake the picture without the pencils that kind of stand out. In the front, you can see a couple of wooden handcrafted pens and cases that I received as gifts from a couple of friends. On the bookshelf behind me, I have a couple more containers and my prized Shaeffer White Dot and Waterman Pen/Pencils sets. Do you see my “original” iPod making a cameo? Doug never gets rid of anything.
This is what remains after culling the herd. I had about double this until I gave them the scribble test on an old sheet of paper and got rid of the dry ones. This isn’t the only place where you’ll find a pen collection in this house. We have similar collections in my wife’s desk and on the kitchen counter where we also accumulate mail. I also have a few pens in the console of my car to use when I go to the races for handicapping purposes. Those little pencils just don’t cut it.
Oh, and a couple in my computer bag including my Livescribe Echo Smartpen.
Do I use them all?
Of course not. Like the dustbunnies that I got rid of, they just accumulate and multiply. I’m bad at getting complimentary pens at hotels and, of course, swag from exhibitors at conferences. It just seems like bad manners not to take them when offered. And, despite all this – do you know how much Shaeffer, Waterman, and Livescribe pens actually cost? – when I have to sign a cheque or a birthday card, I grab the closest BIC pen and scribble something that might not hold up as evidence in a court case. (Although I do add a little something that makes my signature unique.)
For a Sunday, care to pen – err – keyboard your thoughts?
- look around you where you’re sitting. How many pens are within easy reach?
- do you own an expensive pen/pencil set?
- have you ever used a pen with gel ink for smoother writing?
- do you use the standard blue or do you have red, black, green pens?
- are you a collector of pens from various places? i.e. conferences, workshops, hotels
- more and more everything that we do is done via keyboard – what regular activities do you do that absolutely requires a pen?
- have you ever had a pen explode on you? in a purse, shirt pocket
- have you ever ripped apart a pen to see what that little ball actually looks like? (asking for a friend)
- how functional to you are those pens that come with a little rope to wrap around your neck so that it’s always available?
Everyone has a pen story. Please share yours in the comments below. And, if you have an idea for a future post, please add it to the Padlet.
This post originated on:
If you read it anywhere else, it’s not the original.