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Pens and Pencils

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Prompt: When was the last time you wrote something substantive — a letter, a story, a journal entry, etc. — by hand? Could you ever imagine returning to a pre-keyboard era?

I cannot imagine returning fully to a pre-keyboard era when writing a story or a major project which usually requires multiple drafts; however, when it comes to letters and journal entries, pens are where I live. I enjoy the movement of my favorite pen across a page made beautiful by its clean, crisp lines. I acknowledge I would rather receive an email or text instead of no correspondence. Nothing, however, compares to receiving a hand written letter or a note in a card.

This truth was reinforced for me recently when I watched a TED talk by Lakshmi Pratury. Here is an excerpt of the transcript of her talk.

“And my father left me a legacy of his handwriting through letters and a notebook. In the last two years of his life, when he was sick, he filled a notebook with his thoughts about me… There are times when I want to trade all those years that I was too busy to sit with my dad and chat with him, and trade all those years for one hug. But too late. But that’s when I take out his letters and I read them, and the paper that touched his hand is in mine, and I feel connected to him.”

I identify with her experience because letters from my parents are one of my most beloved treasures. Yes, I cannot imagine returning fully to a pre-keyboard era when writing a story or a major project which usually requires multiple drafts; however, when it comes to letters and journal entries, pens are where I live.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Pens and Pencils.”