Have you ever realised that having a pen and paper can be very rewarding?
It is amazing what is to be seen or heard and having that pen just enables me to remember those moments. I have always thought of writing as being very solitary but I have learnt otherwise.
I was sitting recently in a restaurant waiting for my order to be served, took out a lovely small brown leather-bound notebook. A great present from my son, as it holds my new fountain pen snugly in the spine and they both fit into my pocket. Christl thanks for the fountain pen which goes everywhere with me.
My coffee arrived in a large bulbous mug. The mug was so apt for a coffee. It invited me just to wrap my hands around it and to savour that little moment. And yes, the coffee lived up to expectations.
I drew my notebook to me and started to write just snippets, random thoughts. I was soon lost to my writing and the thoughts which had been buzzing around my head. I like to use word pictures as a quick way to get my ideas down before I totally forget. Forgetting ideas seems to be happening more and more.
The coffee shop had got busier while I had been occupied and soon I was joined by two young ladies who turned out to be from Michigan in the USA. After a brief conversation I returned to my scribblings but felt I was being watched. It’s a feeling I don’t like so I quickly looked up to find one of these ladies staring intently at my fountain pen.
It turned out this young lady, had never seen a fountain pen. She had heard about them but had never actually seen one. Talk about being amazed. I mean I know I was born in the last century but not to have seen a fountain pen! Soon there was an engaging conversation on ordinary useful objects which had become obsolete or if not obsolete very seldom used.
To see their faces when they googled fax machines, 1970 computers, early mobile phones, telex, their faces were a picture of total astonishment. As for the Teas Maid the shrieks of laughter drew glances from a few other customers.
One never knows just where a pen, paper and a mug can lead one and what stories emerge never mind the memories which can be created or rekindled. A simple fountain pen brought different generations together for a short while amidst much lughter.