Daily Prompt: Pick a pen or a font

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

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 still write by hand quite often.  I honestly believe that the feelings and musings flow from me better when I am writing them as opposed to clicking on a keyboard.  I journal in pen and write many of my “first draft” blogs in pen or pencil.  I feel very fortunate to have a journal with some of my mother’s poetry and thoughts written in her beautiful hand.   It’s like having a piece of who she was and I am certain that it would not have carried the sentiment and meaning if I had been handed to me on a flash drive.

There is also something very special about receiving a hand written letter.   The penmanship seems to flow with the writer’s personality and even captures their mood.  An email from a loved one is appreciated and can convey love and emotion, but receiving a fat envelope with that familiar scrawl on the outside trumps it every time in my opinion.

During school days, it was nice to see a note written by your teacher telling you what a great job you had done.  It showed that they had taken the time to seriously consider your hard work and meant much more than just a mere sticker or gold star.  Speaking of school; who still has their high school yearbook and doesn’t enjoy looking back at the silly “signatures” our young and immature, yet loyal friends left us to remember them over the years.

We live in such a hurry up and rush world that things like letters or even handwritten notes are more meaningful than ever.  They have the power to cause up to pause for a moment and consider some of our quickly dying past times that perhaps we should rescue before they are forever a memory.

And with that, I think I will go write a card or letter, with a pen!

What a wonderful thing is the mail, capable of conveying across continents a warm human hand-clasp.  ~Author Unknown


  1. I have always loved pens… and mechanical pencils. I have recently rediscovered my joy of writing letters and notes, this time with fountain pens! What a different (and in my mind…) more elegant world these fountain pens introduce into the world of writing to family and friends….

    Keep up the good work, Lisa! It’s always a joy to read your blog.

  2. It seemed like someone was just reading a very nice story to me and I could relate with almost everything. Well done :).

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