Slice of Life Story Day 7 -Finding a Particular Pen Friend
Today I entered a classroom carrying a paper shopping bag. A simple unadorned bag made from recycled paper. ‘What’s in the bag?’ students asked somewhat predictably. Such is the natural curiosity of children. ‘All shall be revealed in time.' I replied like a magician of sorts. They settled on the floor in front of me and our writer’s workshop began…
From the bag I retrieved artifacts to share with these Grade 5 students. I carefully told the story connected with each item. They listened actively, -keen to know more. In turn, I revealed the camera that my Father used all those years ago, a marble a small child left on my desk, my dominoes set from
, my Ipod, a shell, a magnifying glass and finally a pen. Ah, but no ordinary pen! Oh no. This pen is my pen of choice. It is a Uniball Gel Impact pen with black ink. It is the only pen I choose with which to write. It feels comfortable in my hand. When I am writing with this pen words seem to flow more easily. They effortlessly spill across the page. I actually feel like I am speed writing. Being left handed this is my wonderful delusion. Mexico
I don’t feel comfortable with fine point pens. They have a resistance that my heavy hand finds disconcerting. I choose the 1 mm pen that glides and slides across the pages of my writer’s notebook. The page disappears under the words that emerge from my pen. I have a pen friend! I buy them in lots of four. I am fearful of running out of ink. They do not last that long, and they cost more than conventional ball point pens, but such is my pen obsession. It is not uncommon for me to have three or four lodged in my shirt pocket at any one time. ‘Got enough pens?’ Vicki will ask. ‘I hope so’ I reply.
I share these revelations with the students and encourage them to gather their own artifacts and consider the stories that lie hidden. Draw them. Photograph them, bring them to school if possible.
I was not surprised to discover that a number of these young writers also had definite views on pens. I felt easier for knowing this.