Does anyone else miss these?
Stationery stores are largely a part of the past. I went into a well known independent one in Calgary a week ago that has been in business over twenty-five years. I used to like to see what there was for hardbound and leather bound journals and other office paraphernalia. I used to have thoughts of writing in a nice journal with a fine pen or even having my own stationery on some nice paper. In the past I had entertained thoughts of being a writer or at least thoughts of writing. For various reasons I never got into the habit of writing for the sake of writing years ago. I also always wanted my handwriting to be a work of art. I am missing that particular gene.
Computers and the internet have changed so many things and not necessarily for the better. People lug tablets or laptops with them and write in coffee shops. In the past, and even now, I enjoyed taking my time in the aisles of stationery stores trying out numerous pens trying to decide on one. Usually I never did narrow it down and I would up buying a fistful of different pens. I went through stacks of writing pads for school and work. How many pens does one need in order to write something? All of them.
A couple of times through the years I even bought blank journals. Writing in something like that has a different feel, the experience is different. I never got very far writing in one. Maybe I never got very far as I felt I did not have anything to write about. Or maybe I was lacking the discipline to actually take the time to write something.
Nowadays wandering through a stationery store is not the same. There used to be lots of pens from various manufacturers to mull over. Now the selection is much less. Less people buy writing paper or high end journals. Those have changed as well. Given time these places will disappear into the past. I recently unearthed a blank journal in my belongings and I make some notes for this blog in it from time to time. I went with the intention of buying some pens and trying some writing again. As for pens I only found three, a couple of fine point pens and a disposable fountain pen. Times change.