I am finally getting around to this, I have a friend in France. She is the daughter of part of the church family (not excluding her from it) and she has done amazingly well after college getting to teach English in France after college. When she was setting off I had one request. My request was a rather tall order to fill in my mind…”I would like some pencils from France please.”
After that the waiting begins, however her family visited over Christmas and hinted that they had a package for me! Not only did she come through in fine fashion, but she got me the extra gift of a very nice little pencil bag made by Elba and a staedtler stick eraser to go with them.
The bag’s company I think is funny only to a history nerd…French pencil bag…made by Elba? Bwahahahahahahaha. Anyhow, the bag has already supplanted my normal locking pencil case as part of my everyday kit. It had a nice little note in it.
I was ridiculously eager to translate the bottom. In fact I was so eager that as I sat down ralphie style to decode this my brain decided to let go of it’s crude grasp of most Latin based languages and I was actually surprised when I read the translation “a bag for your pencils.” I still love it, I have not bothered to remove the tag, I believe I will keep it where it belongs. I wanted to thank my friend again, and tell you to read her blog as well. Kaitlinplachy.wordpress.com. I love that some of them aren’t even French, what they are is popular. These (I believe) are what the children and faculty of the school she teaches at use. The Noris is the most popular European pencil my research shows. What my friend did was not to simply find manufactures, but she stretched out her cultural feelers and found me cultural artifacts. That is almost intoxicating in an anthropological way.
I even showed how special these pencils were by giving one away. I had six of the staedtler noris. The day I got them one of my friends (Nicole) told me that she was unsarcastically enjoying my pencil blog. She was rewarded with one of my favorite new things.
As people learn of your love of great graphite they will begin to surprise you with pencils. Today another woman at church surprised me with a French pencil, bought in Boston. It is all black and made by La Compagnie Du Kraft. Upon looking this unique object up, I now believe they don’t sel it, they included it with a special edition of a notebook, which makes it rarer.
I have decided that the best pencils are not the ones that you buy as expensive treats or have some rare feature. The best pencils are pencils from friends who wanted to give you a smile for the day.