Ode to Fountainpen

Fountain pen

How many of us have sat enthralled with a fountain pen in hand, watching the ink flow from the metal nib of the exquisite pen?  How fancy our writing seemed, didn’t it?  Like authors from another era we wanted our words to match the elegance of the pen, our drawings to echo the fine lines which the fountain pen hinted might be attained.

This blog, however, is not an ode to the fountain pen.

No, it is an ode to a human being with the “pen name” of fountainpen.  A blog reader who chanced upon Opening the door, walking outside back this autumn.

And can you, by chance, imagine why I am singing the praises of this reader?

Lovely gifts...


Yes, indeed, Ms. Fountainpen took in upon herself to cruise back through the 365-day outdoor commitment blog and discover at least one photograph per month that looked appealing.  Then she had them made into little notecards for this blog-author (who writes via computer and not fountainpen.)

Photo-leaf on notecard

Isn’t that an incredible gift?  A wonderful gesture from a person who only stumbled upon the blog a couple of months ago?  I am so utterly impressed.  My mom and dad got the first notecard earlier this week.  My daughter received the second.  (Chris, you’ll get yours later this month!)  I want to send them to everyone, just to show them this neat present.

You know what I was thinking about today?  Fountainpen’s generosity made me want to share more gifts with people, more thank-yous, more love.  How often do we follow through with “random acts of kindness”?  I try to do this often…but how many times do well-meaning plans for sharing go on the back-burner because of busy-ness or sluggishness or forgetfulness? 

Thank you, Ms. Pen, for opening your heart and walking forth in the world with generosity.  Thank you all you other friends and family and blog readers who have done the same over the last year with cards and phone calls and books and little gifties. 

I love it how we can encourage and share and inspire one another! 

Spirit stone card

**And this gets even better–she wants me to pick twelve more of my favorite photos from the blog (with its appropriate month) and email them to her.   Will miracles never cease?    🙂

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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19 Responses to Ode to Fountainpen

  1. Sue says:

    Oh my! That has to be one of the most beautiful gifts ever…….You are so blessed!! ~*~

  2. Dawn says:

    This is the most amazing gift! What a great idea! And how very very sweet of her to do this! The photos are wonderful, what a great way to honor your work!

  3. fountainpen says:

    Kathy: OH! I am deeply deeply moved by your words
    about the notecards and the pictures of the notecards.
    Thank you

  4. That has to be one of the most thoughtful presents I have seen. Fantastic.

  5. sahlah says:

    That is fabulous! How totally cool… 🙂

  6. divacarla says:

    Inspiring. We’re paying it forward, Fountainpen!

  7. Gerry says:

    That is truly an inspired gift.

  8. Cindy Lou says:

    Truly a blessing! And she picked some of my favorite photos!

    I LOVE writing with foutainpens though I haven’t had one in awhile….hmmm, note to self – pick one up just for fun!

  9. p.j. grath says:

    That is indeed an amazing and beautiful gift–I think that’s because of the time and care involved. Do you remember that line in Antoine de St.-Exupery’s book, THE LITTLE PRINCE, about the time the little prince “wasted” on his rose (which was not, after all, the only rose in the world, as he later learned), which is what made it so special? Time is love. Don’t you feel special for having inspired such a gift?

  10. Jessica says:

    Wow. That’s truly awesome. LOVE the gift…love it like it was my own.

  11. Marjory says:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post. Wonderful spirit of generosity!! Inspiring words to share ourselves with the world.

  12. Kathy says:

    I am so glad you all loved this beautiful generous gift by fountainpen! And thank you, dear Ms. Pen, for your lovely email last night. I had tears in MY eyes. Sent out another card today! And sincerely hoping that you are feeling much much better today.

  13. flandrumhill says:

    Shared encouragement in the blogging world is pretty wonderful. Fountainpen’s act of generosity exemplies the best of this spirit. Not only that, but she did an awesome job!

    • Kathy says:

      Shared encouragement is a gift indeed. You, Amy, have been wonderful at generosity yourself. I have your shell picture at work…and look at it every day.

  14. allielujah says:

    What a lovely surprise! They turned out fantastic =]

  15. Emma says:

    What a wonderful gift! =)

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