I use pencils. Do you?
I use them all the time.
And I like to use pretty pencils (like those below by Vera Bradley).
And I do NOT like mechanical pencils. I just don't.
I don't mind sharpening pencils - in fact I found a nice vintage sharpener a while back at a thrift, and I'm perfectly fine with using that old one rather than an electric pencil sharpener.
As a matter of fact, I prefer it.
That's because I have a number of places where I keep pencils for regular - if not daily - use, and in some of those places, I NEED for them to be small to fit into the space where I like to keep them.
Do you know what else I DON'T like?
Useless, crappy, cheap pencil erasers that break after you use them a few times, or won't stay on the end of the pencil when you want to use them.
Pencil erasers like the ones you see below.
Yes, these colorful little culprits here:
As I recall, they at least lasted a good while BEFORE they broke - and they even managed to stay on the pencil, too.
Gee, that's always nice.
So, of course, as is the case with so many things these days, they are made more cheaply - and that's why they don't last.
I don't know if I even want to get into WHERE they are made. That may be a topic for another day.
I understand the whole "cheap" thing.
Sure, it's nice when things are inexpensive.
I mean, most pencils are pretty cheap, too, and sometimes the erasers that are on them are no good from the start.
I don't know about you, but when I erase something, I want it gone - not smeared nor smudged.
I just want a pencil eraser that lasts - and actually works - and I would be willing to pay a fair amount more for them.
Is that too much to ask?
Perhaps, it is.
Surely I am not the only one who feels this way?
( And that, my friends, concludes this pencil-user's lament.
Oh - and I thank you, if you have read this far.)
I accidentally published this yesterday, when I was working on it for today. If you saw it already then, I'm sorry!