A daughter of my family friend is student of fifth standard and very soon going to celebrate her tenth birthday. Few days back, while having conversation with her she said that after winter vacation her school has made it compulsory for entire class to use pen while writing and use of pencil is restricted only to certain extend. Nothing new… Right?? Even we all have followed such mandates in our childhood.
So, I decided to gift her, a fountain pen on her coming birthday, which she can use at her school. Thus, I approached to a very famous pen mart located in south Mumbai to select a suitable one for her, as a gift. The salesman eagerly explained to me the features of a set of a fountain pen and ink bottle that I liked most. With the help of similar demo pen he started explaining it with practical experiments.
He wrote something on normal piece of a paper and literally sprinkled water over it. Surprisingly, nothing happened to the written content on the paper. In spite of trying to erase it with hand, content remained as it was. He said, “No matter what you write, how you write, where you write; it will be impossible to erase the content written by the pen.”
Opps…!! I was stunned; I looked at him with blank face because his statement muted me. More than a features of the pen, I was amazed to learn a crucial lesson of life that pen tried to teach us in our childhood.
Let’s take ourselves to our school days and become a student of fifth standard now and remember those days when we were allowed to use pencil for writing in lectures, homework and exams. You might remember your mother getting impatient and asking you, checking your bag to make sure that you are carrying an eraser along with your pencil so that the mistakes that we might do could be rectified immediately to ensure that performance and presentation is neat, clean and tidy.
With this we were equipped with the tools that was kind enough to us to erase our mistakes. Sometimes the naughty and innocent child within us might have hidden those mistakes that our parents and teachers would never come to know and even today they might be secret. Hence, with pencil we used to write audaciously and comfortably.
One day, we received a notice saying that use of pen is compulsory. We were happy with the feeling and the thought that we have grown up now; we are no more kids as we used to be, and with lots of joy, we held The First Pen…!!
That first pen told us something… to which we never paid attention.
When we started to write with a pen, it told us, “As you are growing up, hereafter it will be difficult, probably impossible for you to run away from the mistakes and errors that you might commit in your life. To rectify that, at the most you can cancel it or overwrite it. But you can neither erase it nor hide it. And cancelling, overwriting may cause for dirty and untidy performance in your life.”
Friends, there may be many reasons behind the replacement of the pencil with a pen, for the students after a particular age. But I believe that the major reason is to make them aware and realize that here onwards…
“No matter what you do, how you do, where you do; it will be impossible to erase those moments.”