Helen Palmer (nice_cup_of_tea) wrote,
Helen Palmer

The parable of the fountain pen

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I am by instinct and by genetics a hoarder (thanks to the Channer side of the family!) and work hard to reduce the stuff that I hang onto. I have had this lovely Waterman fountain pen in my desk for about 20 years and each time I have done a clear out, I have tested it and been disappointed that it didn't work, but still been unable to get rid of it. I think it was my godmother's pen. I always felt that it would write well and it felt wrong to give up on something so old and of original quality.

In January, a stationary shop in Zurich gave me the address of an independant pen repairer. I spoke to the owner and sent the pen, without much real hope of it being repaired. And then completely forgot about it.

On Friday, I had to pick up a registered letter from the post office and worried that it was from our rental agency (long fight about our flat, different post!). I opened the package and there was my pen! Beautifully restored and repaired. And it writes smoothly and wonderfully.

I love pleasant surprises. I love the swiss way of underpromising and overdelivering. I love the fact that I was able to repair on old pen that belonged to someone I loved and that I can continue to use. And I love the fact that it still sometimes makes sense to hold onto something and get it repaired!
Tags: self_reflection

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