You are awesome you know. I mean, seriously awesome. The lovely graphite core in a wooden encasing and covered by a myriad of colours. I think you are a very very underestimated tool in today’s world. People talk about thousands of new gadgets which improve human life, yaada yaada, but here you are small, thin, unassuming and yet playing an important role in every child’s life.
I am not sure why children are initially made to write with you and only then with a pen, but as a teacher’s daughter, I can tell you, most teachers believe that writing with a pencil improves a child’s hand writing to a great extent. And of course, you are so so sweet, that you allow your writing to be erased by the eraser and take no offence at all, and just re-write the whole thing eh?
I guess, every child who has held a pencil in hand, knows the joy of a sharpened lead, leading to crisp nice writing on a blank sheet of paper. There are few pleasures in life as great as writing with a sharp pencil on a blank piece of paper. I guess, smelling the mud after first rains is like that eh?
and then you allow yourself to be sharpened again and again and again, losing your height, and yet never ever give up being useful. Thats a great quality. Honestly, if I were in your place, I would have given up, ensured the child holding me had the most horrendous handwriting and just slept in my corner of the compass box. But no, you are the ever enduring one. (sometimes I wonder if the patriarchal society treat women as pencils?)
And ah! the stories you have around you. Gandhiji’s famous story in which he uses you even when you were two inches tall (that small and yet you allowed him to write with you!) and then the lovely scene in 3 Idiots in which Aamir Khan asks the principal why the astronauts didnt take pencils in space. Hilarious no?
And I love the fact that mostly you give out black writing. I love the both black (R cant understand how anyone can like the colour black 🙂 ) and white and you often give that lovely contrast dont you?
You can be used to draw, colour, shade, write, count, chew on and what not.
I think, dear pencil, you are grossly under rated. If I had the finance, I would build a monument in your name.
Always a fan