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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pen Pals

Yesterday, Awakenings' sister site, catnipoflife, featured a reflection about Pen Pals. Ah-h-h! Those were the days when letters were considered treasures since they were personally hand-written. But, have you ever thought about writing during Colonial times? Keep in mind we are looking back, way back, before the manual typewriter, the Bic pen, even the #2 pencil, all the way back to the 17th century.

Writing with a Quill Pen
Ink Bottle and Quill: Wikipedia
Colonial Times
The backdrop for a unique form of writing during Colonial times
reflected a dimly lit atmosphere absorbed in pungent aromas from the kitchen.
Puritan life was harsh with very few amenities. 

Jump back in times past
Before the typewriter
Even ballpoint pens
Pencils or paper bags

With the quill of a goose
Dip the sharp tip in ink
Scratch out a meager note
On paper made from rags

Fold the paper closed
Tightly smooth each edge
Seal with drops of wax
Press with a brass stamp

Visualize this early writing
Under the faint glow from burning fat
Where leftover grease saved for lighting
Renders your Colonial day lamp

Imagine tapping coded messages
Flicking beads upon an abacus
While tantalizing, pungent aromas
Hover lazily about the air

Jump back to colonial times
Find a place in the kitchen
Freshly baked breads, spicy fruit pies
Invite you to take a chair

A Colonial Kitchen in Williamsburg, VA


Into the 18th century, crude writing instruments penned famous documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States. The writing style was intricate taking hours upon hours to complete even the simplest of pages.

Have you ever written with a quill pen or hand-lettered a design in calligraphy?

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