Pencils, Erasers, Pencil Sharpeners, Geometry Tools, Pens, Rulers, Marking Pens. What does all these things have common? You might say school or a classroom or things a student need most. Ask me this & I will say just two words: Sweet memories
Last night, my mother asked to bring gift wrapping papers as she was invited to a wedding ceremony. I went to the local stationery shop of my area & while I was browsing through the stock, I realized that I how much I miss my school days. Since salesman was busy with another customer, I gazed my eyes upon packed boxes of pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, geometry tools, pens of all sorts, coloring markers, stationery holders, rulers and so much more. All these reminded me about my school days suddenly and I recalled how I use to visit that very same shop so many times during a week. Either I need a new set of pencils or erasers, need a new notepad or book for any subject, that shop was an integral part of my childhood.
I also remembered my old fountain pen that I used from probably 7th grade till I entered college. I even rented so many fiction story books, targeted for teenagers at that time, for my uncle also from that very same shop. I Ever since I have graduated from college, my visit to that shop have gone from several in a week to once in 3 months maximum.
Nowadays, my hands types faster than I can write. I’m sure that I’m not the only one with this “disability”. I used to write pages upon pages of notes with my hand but now, after writing an A4 page, my right hand wrist ache badly.
I very much value all the things I used to have. The inner child of mine jumps in joy whenever I see them. And at the same time, I wonder what my son will experience or feel about these things that are vanishing with the advancement in technology. Paper based technology is declining rapidly as electronic gadgets are getting not only popular but also very powerful day by day. I wish to see the joyous look on his face for drawing a circle or coloring an apple or just simply writing A for Apple, B for Ball on paper with his hands and then proudly showing it to me. I also wish to walk with him to that very same shop if he needs a set of pencil or a bear shaped eraser or a set of color pencils. That look on my son’s face when he holds those brand new creativity tools in his hands will be priceless.
Many of you may have witnessed this moment. Many of you are waiting for it, like me.
Added for RDP Friday: SHOP