It should come as no surprise to those of us who stubbornly cling to our lovely fountain pens, but according to the BBC, fountain pens help boost student's self-esteem!
Stewart's Melville Junior School in Edinburgh has found that students who use fountain pens write more neatly, which makes their papers easier to mark. As a result, the students feel more confident about their writing, which helps their overall self-esteem.
I think fountain pens help my self-esteem, but not because I write more beautifully when I use one (although that may be true). Fountain pens are beautiful, and when I use one, I immeadiately feel like whatever I'm writing is more valuable. It's harder to write junk with a fountain pen, and even if it is junk, it doesn't feel like it. It's hard to explain.
I still remember my first fountain pen. I got it from my mom as a birthday present. It was a Sheaffer and came in a kit that included tubes of ink in all sorts of exciting colours (I adored the aqua blue--I wanted to write everything in it). I recall how excited I was to practice my letters and to copy all of the beautiful alphabets included in the instruction booklet. Something about having a special instrument to write with made words so much more exciting.
These days I drool over Montblanc's writer's edition pens (the Oscar Wilde is pictured). They are to die for. Heaven knows how much they cost, but one can dream!
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Posted by Margaret at 10:21 AM