I was recently at a restaurant waiting for my meal to arrive when I pulled out my ever constant friend – my notebook. I had a thought that I didn’t want to escape and so I began to scribble it down using one of my favorite gel pens
A waiter walked by my table. He suddenly stopped and addressed me “You write?”
“Yes,” I told him. “I’m a writer.”
He shook his head, “No, I mean you write in a notebook?”
“Yes,” I confirmed, now a little confused and thinking I was missing something here. “I write in a notebook.”
“You’re a rarity,” he told me apparently amazed at my extraordinary skill of being able to write using a pen.
We both smiled.
That’s where technology has brought us. If you write using pen and paper, if you read using a paper-based book, if you tell time by a wristwatch and not by a phone that beeps on the hour, then you are a rarity. Those aberrations to our hectic life are the quaint behaviors that have now become notable and worthy of social commentary.
Well I say – hooray and hats off to those of us who insist on rocking the boat of what’s expected! How interesting we all make the world as full-fledged members of the rare bird flock.
Write and read on.
Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.
Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). (www.simplethrift.wordpress.com) She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.