Since the beginning of time humans have found ways to tell their story, convey thoughts and feelings, and record life events by picking up a tool and painting a picture-and, eventually, painting a picture with words.
I will leave to scholars the discussion of why these ancient drawings exist-theories range from simple communication to deeply complex spiritual meanings. For this iSissy blog, I am comfortable with the idea that the human mind and heart will create tools and a palette to give expression to their story-their life.
So, we have the stick, shaved to a thin point as our first writing tool-then along came the Greeks hundreds of years later and, lo, the alphabet-reading left to right. Most writing was upper case until the writing tools were refined enough to make a distinction between a Big B and a little b. The Greeks get props for getting pen and paper and the alphabet all humming along together to actually create written letters to one another-like a text on paper-the tedium of writing dictated brevity. The Chinese found the old chisel/stylus method tedious and came up with the idea of ink and paper for getting a thought recorded. Reeds and stems followed as pens, until the a simple feather was turned into a pen. Anyone with any knowledge at all knew that the best quill pens were feathers taken in the spring from a live bird, most often a goose or swan. Any feather? Nay-nay. It was a feather from the left wing-the first five outer feathers-curving just so for the right-handed writer.
Maybe, I wouldn’t have such a collection of writing tools if I had to catch a goose first….
I still correspond a bit with notes/letters, making me an absolute nut about just the right writing tool on this paper or that paper. When I had children at home, working too much and considered cleaning the house a time to fill the junk drawer to the brim-trust me-pens, pencils, etc. were mixed in with the little screws, empty Pez dispensers and other assorted mystery things found in the junk drawer. THEN, the frustration of making little circles on the back of an envelope until we found one that worked. I love my little shelf of writing tools…….
YOUR TURN Do you have a little collection of writing tools? a favorite?