Thursday, March 6, 2014
So I Have This Problem......
I'll bet some of you have this problem, too. It seems to be rampant among teachers, especially those who teach reading and writing. It's an expensive problem to have, and it seems to kick into high gear right after the Fourth of July, but hey.... who am I kidding? It can rear its ugly head at any time.
Know what it is? I'll tell you.....
It's OFFICE SUPPLY ADDICTION!
I can't got into an Office Max or Staples without buying at least a package of pencils or perhaps a ream of paper.
Colorful binder clips send me into a tizzy.
Sharpies.... forget about it. MUST have them in every color.
My biggest problem, though, are pens. I am a persnickety pen procurer. I can't use just any old Bic. No Siree, Bob! I need ink that flows smoothly from the barrel. A cushioned grip is a plus. I prefer gel ink that doesn't smear, and I MUST have a medium point.
In other words, I like expensive pens.
For a teacher, this is a problem, because pens have a way of developing legs and walking stealthily out of the classroom. Over time, these escaped pens add up to a pretty penny!
Right now, my favorite pens are these:
I think deep down, I must believe that if I possess the perfect pen, suddenly I'll be transformed into a REAL writer.... that the words will flow without hesitation from my brain, through the pen, and onto the page. I know, however, that it's not that easy, that writing is hard work, and I need to sit down and write EVERY SINGLE DAY and get those ideas onto the paper (or screen) and then revise and reread and revise again.
Someday I'll do that. Maybe.
Until then..... HEY! GIVE ME MY PEN BACK!