My fountain pen
Why is it a German thing to own a fountain pen? Very often when I write or note something with my fountain pen in the United States I get very often the question "What kind of pen is this?".
It surprises me often how different school systems are in the United States. In German schools, we used to take handwritten notes, to learn how to write Italic, and of course how to write with a fountain pen. It was even required to write with a fountain pen and have ink in a specific blue tone for the school. In elementary school, our teachers did not just check our spelling in essays but also our calligraphy (Schönschreibung= nice writing). It was important at school that we do learn how to write correctly and proper. We had to use certain paper, certain pens and keep our handwritten notes nice and clean.
When I graduated in 2010 from High School it was still common to write essays by hand, to submit handwritten paperwork and our teachers used an old-style chalkboard for making handwritten notes for the class.
We did also learn how to handle a Computer and how to write on a keyboard fast and efficient. But I think it was very useful to focus on handwriting and how to use different writing tools. I appreciate the diversity and creativity I experienced from the schools I went to. Handwriting connects me more to the words that I do create. It feels more natural to me and allows me more freedom in creative expressions. It also connects me more with my own uniqueness, because every person has an own handwriting style. And I am a proud fountain pen user. I just enjoy writing with it and not just because I am used to it from school, but also because it is very uncommon in the States and I do like to show the beautiful opportunities of handwriting.
I invite you to go and browse through different pens at stores. Explore the endless opportunities of handwriting and enjoy the freedom of unique and personal expressions.