i was so excited to know that there is a national pencil day, march 30th. actually it is an “unofficial” holiday, it isn’t known for sure who started the holiday but on this day in 1958 the u s patent office issued the first patent for a pencil with an eraser attached to it.
a rabid fan of the pencil – my purse, briefcase and/or bag is always loaded with them. i’m not quite sure why i have such a love for pencils, but deep in my memory there seems to be a faint recall of a kindergarden class, the lined paper (with the dotted lines between) and trying so hard to form the letters within that space.
i also remember chewing the end of my pencil…yes, i was an eraser eater (along with a nail biter, if you must know). i would have to put one of those cap erasers on top of my pencil to cover up my dastardly deed.
but there is something about a pencil that is so settling for me. in looking at it in the here and now i think it may have to do with the ability to change things once written, unlike with an ink pen. it may also be the ability to write with a pencil in any position, underwater and even in zero gravity (something i’ve never experienced…but you can be sure if i ever do i’ll have my pencils with me).
of course there are other things other than writing with a pencil that comes with the territory, the type and style of pencil, the pencil sharpener of which i have many and also the many things one can do with a pencil if needed.
in honor of pencil day, lets find all your pencils and sharpen them, arrange them neatly in the drawer and give them the honor they deserve. if it hadn’t been for pencils you wouldn’t know how to write!
p.s. did you know you can’t get lead poisoning from pencils? they are actually made of carbon…all those threats in elementary school were bluffs!