I Love Her Despite Those Janky Ballpoint Pens

No Telling

My only daughter has disappointed me. Nature vs. nurture? I know I didn’t teach her this, and I’m convinced my genetic code was pristine on this matter. Clearly there is some throw-back DNA from her father’s side. And bad friends. There’s that. Why else would Em prefer trashy, generic ballpoint pens?

It’s not my fault. I come from a long and distinguished line of scribblers who appreciate fine writing instruments. Since my baby was able to make a little biscuit-fist I’ve given her only the sharpest of new crayons, the slickest Ticonderogas. At my writing desk, she’s had a life-long cotillion class of paper and pen.

Montblanc, Parker, Waterman – where did I go wrong?

The preacher’s kid rebels by breaking Commandments. A teacher’s kid skips school. My girl flaunts the cheapest of ballpoint stick pens and leaves them everywhere just to watch me cringe.

I‘ve tried to pretend they don’t bother me so I won’t feed the monster. This is a parental smoke screen I used with a particularly unsavory beau she wouldn’t shake. It didn’t work then, either.

(Honestly, I’d rather spend the rest of my writing life with a nasty ballpoint in hand than see that particular young man again. Things could be worse. It’s all about perspective and deciding which hill to die on. Don’t tell Em.)

The upshot here is The Perfect Grandson. Our hours at the desk together give me hope. Lay out one fine pen next to the trash his mother scribbles with – he’ll choose the Waterman every time. He may grow up to wreck cars and young girls’ hearts, but I’m guessing he’ll do both with a decent pen in his pocket.

He has to. I’m counting on him.

4 thoughts on “I Love Her Despite Those Janky Ballpoint Pens

  1. Ah, for me the stick ballpoint has its place. It's there for ordinary work, when I'm writing fast and small. The fountain pen, whose flow I love, requires more attention and more space, and only gets used for letters and journal entries. Writing for pleasure.

  2. Say it isn't so, Nan and Wala. I'll admit those ballpoints are fine for a quick grocery list, but anything more than that and it's misery. Nothing's faster than a good fountain pen, although a Parker gel ballpoint is mighty close.

  3. My fear of spending a lot of money on a pen is losing it. I do love a good pen that flows nice, though.

    Glad your grandson has such a fine mind. 🙂

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