Pens. Specifically, fountain pens. Preferably with fine nibs and a solid ‘feel’ in my hand.
Over the years I’ve collected quite a few from various manufacturers but some are uniquely special.
Yesterday we had a visit from some cousins. Skip’s talented – both artistically and musically. He has a small lathe and makes the most lovely pen barrels and cases. The one I got from him yesterday is a genuine work of art. He turned the unique Zebra wood into the barrel and cap, adding a Celtic knot symbol for me so I could honour that part of my heritage.
It has a lovely fine nib and provides a solid ‘feel’ when holding it for writing.
Skip’s wife, Lynda, made a pretty, soft blue envelope for me to use when storing the pen to keep it from being scratched.
A few years ago, when I was visiting my son and his family in Vancouver, he and I visited a specialty stationery shop at Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver that offered a wide variety of fountain pens. David said that, since he hadn’t given me a birthday or Mother’s Day gift in eons, he would buy a pen for me to make up for that oversight. We chose a solid Monteverde model. It’s bigger and heavier than Skip’s pen, but it also provides a solid feel when writing.
Since it was a very special gift from David, it remains one of my favourite pens and is well-used.
Although most of my writing these days is done on a computer using a keyboard, I still find that my most creative endeavours are done with a fountain pen in hand. I have several notebooks filled with musings, some of which may make it into my book – if I ever get it finished. If not? Future generations can try and decipher the hieroglyphics of my generation – cursive writing. They’ll never know the joy of choosing a pen for the day, picking up a pretty notebook, and sitting quietly – anywhere – and jotting down their thoughts for the day.
A few years prior to the Monteverde acquisition, I visited a specialty shop in Granville Island. Like the one in N. Vancouver, it offered charming stationery and a nice selection of fountain pens. There I found a small pen that was great for travel – taking up virtually no space in my carry-on bag.
With a beautiful pen to stimulate one’s thoughts and a special notebook for capturing them, it’s easy to find a spot to sit and ruminate discretely, jotting down those ‘pearls of wisdom’ (or whatever they are)for posterity.