you know that my kids are not normal.
Back in August, Garrett had an impending birthday
and asked for this:
Yes, an expensive fountain pen. And he even found someone to teach him calligraphy.
Garrett's enthusiasm trickled down to Parker.
Parker eagerly anticipated his birthday in October and he knew just what he wanted.
While most soon to be 16 year olds are begging for a car,
Parker asked for this:
A few weeks ago, Brian was on an airplane and just before landing,
the man next to him struck up a conversation.
He noticed Brian's pen and asked him if he enjoyed it.
Brian replied that he had owned that pen for more than 20 years and loved it.
The man lamented that "writing"was a lost art.
Brian told him that surprisingly, our two boys loved pens and had a fascination with fountain pens.
This made the man's day, as he is an avid collector of pens.
He asked for our address and told Brian that he had some pens he would send the boys.
Brian thought the man was very kind to say that, but who would really go home and send pens to strangers?
A couple of weeks later,
we received these in the mail:
He sent these to the boys.
He also wrote up a brief history of the pens for them.
They are antiques from the 40's an 50's.
The boys were so surprised and excited to double their fountain pen collections!
We were surprised that the man actually took the time and cared to share his passion with us - strangers.
There are STILL nice people doing nice things all around us!
Once again, my faith in mankind is restored!