I blogged a few years back on how often the kids use their pencils for their writing activities in school and how short the pencils get. As Joselyn was doing her Math homework, she brought out a pencil from her pencil case and I was shocked at how short it was. I told her to get another pencil, but she insisted that it was still okay to use the 1-inch sized pencil. I told her again to use another one since I could tell that she found it hard to write.
Now, this pencil is the shortest that I have ever seen and upon calling Kuya Benjo’s attention, he too was surprised and laughed at the size of the pencil that he thought was a toy part. Well, at least we can say that we don’t waste our pencils and try to use every centimeter of its lead.
It may be the last year that Joselyn will use pencils as they will start using pens next year, which has both its good and bad points. Pencils are still more practical; making erasures are easier, pen inks are more expensive plus pencil marks are easier to wash off on clothes. But it’s a step-up that every grade school student must take.
So for now, I’ll keep this shortest-of-the-short pencil, as a reminder of their “pencil school days” and a personal reminder of making maximum use of what we have.