I love writing. I still have a diary that I fill in religiously each day, an oldfashioned woven tome, which contains all my thoughts and feelings. Obviously, I hand write in this, and practice the perfect penmanship that I was taught at school many many years ago.
I was lucky enough to attend a school (and I'm only talking in the 80's, I'm not that old) where they believed that it was important that we write nicely. At infant/junior school we started with a pencil and moved up to a biro. They also instilled in us that a cheap biro was never a good thing; when we were ready we were equipped with a nice biro, which needed to be looked after. I remember my first pen to this day, a Papermate, which came in a little presentation box, with a burgundy barrel.
When we had mastered biro's, we were allowed to move onto a Pental rollerball and then the final crowning glory was to move up to an ink pen. Girls who wrote with ink pens were looked on with jealousy and admiration. They could be trusted to write with a nib and ink!
When I was thirteen, I went to live in France with a french family for three weeks. Pen envy was still paramount at that stage and the girl I stayed with had a Caran D'Ache fountain pen. It was truly beautiful and I craved this pen more than anything else. Her handwriting was so different from my rounded english shape, the flow of the french squirls were so artistic and I felt sure that this was made possible not by her schooling but by this beautiful pen. On returning home, I badgered my parents for a pen like Geraldines. It was on my birthday and christmas lists for years but they could never understand my desire for a pen which "I was sure to just lose". It took me 8 years to get a Caran D'Ache fountain pen of my very own.
|Truly a thing of beauty...|
There is nothing quite like a fountain pen for giving your writing that flourish or for making it seem effortless. So you can rub out a pencil, you can lose a biro and not give it a second thought but you can't get the feel of writing, truly writing, not just putting words to paper, without a fountain pen.
The closest I can find to that long loved pen is this one from the The Pen Company, http://www.thepencompany.com/product/caran-d-ache-madison-cisele-fountain-pen/, if anyone wants to get me one you know where to find me, I'll be the one in the corner scribbling into a notebook.