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My stationery complex

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                             For a professional teacher, part of my job is to design teaching programs, prepare lessons, and grade papers and tests. There is never a moment when I could separate myself from dealings with papers, pens, files, staplers, and other stationery. Over the years, they have become my right-hand assistants that make my work go smoothly and efficiently. Without doubt, years of schooling and teaching life combined has transformed me into a typical intellectual who has no other hobbies other than reading and writing. Even when I go out shopping or just for a walk, my attention would be involuntarily arrested by some stationer’s that leaps to my eye. Then I would step inside and take a leisurely stroll between racks of collections of office supplies, checking and picking my favorites. In most cases, I could always be fortunate enough to chance upon some novel gadgets, like a fancy ballpoint pen or a lovely pencil sharpener. Believe it or not, I have kept a whole set of exquisite notebooks with themes of cute animal cubs as well as several drawers of writing material reserve. You can find whatever stationery you need in my study. 
                   There are mainly two reasons for my queer hobby. For one thing, collection itself is an art in my eye. If you have a preference for a particular article, it’s a treasure for you. For another, there is great practical use in keeping office materials. When I am badly in need of something, I can always put on hands on some. I couldn’t imagine what my life will be like without their company. In my humble opinion, it’s a shameful thing if a family failed to provide a guest with a pen and a sheet of paper to write some information on if he asks for that. Stationery is part of a family culture, without which, the family might be regarded as a vulgar hominids lacking in proper manners.  
                     Tracing back to my origin, I was born into an intellectual family. My father, a retired civil servant, was originally a middle school teacher. On my four-year-old birthday, he brought home an exquisite small wooden box filled with colored chalk as my birthday present. It’s the little box that had opened my mind to a more exciting outside world. From that day on, I began to use the magical chalk to paint my fantasy world, our walls being the natural canvas which were thickly covered with graffiti of stick figures like rabbits, ducklings, puppies, small kids and all sorts of lines and patterns. After decades of rain and snow, those doodling and scrawling still remained, witnessing my growing process as well as changes of circumstances. 
                  Two years later, when I began my primary school, I was introduced to a new type of writing tool, pencils. In my Chinese lessons, I was taught to write Chinese characters stroke by stroke. At that time, I had to get my pencil frequently sharpened to ensure a fluent writing. One of the advantages of writing with a pencil is that if I misspell some character, I could use an eraser to rub out the pencil marks. It’s especially suitable for pupils under the age of 10 who are more liable to make mistakes. Pencils and erasers became the most remarkable symbols of my childhood memory. With those dumb but helpful friends, I wrote, corrected and learned, building the foundation of infinite knowledge brick by brick. For a pupil, picking and purchasing stationery is the most exciting part of school life. On weekends, I always pestered my father to select the most fashionable pencils, pencil-cases, rulers and school bags and our classroom became the exhibition hall where varieties of stationery were displayed. However, I was never a jealous girl to keep up with the Joneses.                          When I was in the third grade, pencils seemed to become out of fashion because of its limitations. Students were recommended to write with the pen, a more advanced writing tool that makes writing more formal and smooth. Naturally, pencils exited from our life; instead, we took up a more powerful weapon to record our growth and represent our beautiful vision. Compared with pencils, pens are a more wonderful tool with which we can write elegant Chinese characters. In a special sense, it’s a nice substitute of the ancient Chinese writing brushes that represent the true spirit of Chinese characters. With pen and ink, we began to adapt ourselves to the standardized writing style of the adult world. Because it’s impossible to obliterate the misspelled character, we had to be extremely cautious not to ruin the whole page. Meanwhile, many of the fine qualities are developed in the process of pen writing. The artistic activity helps shape students into a glorious personality which combines patience with calmness, perseverance with strength. That’s what makes us Chinese stand out on the world stage. 
                  Later, with the advent of computer technology and the big data era, more convenient writing instruments are invented. We gradually abandoned the traditional pens and pencils and turn to other more convenient tools like ballpoint pens, sign pens and highlighter pens. All these writing tools are products of human civilization. In this fast-paced world, everything is changing and dying. New inventions come up and propel us to move on to a more convenient future. They are the ascending ladder of human progress.

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Reply Report 努力学英语 2016-1-5 16:25
You must be an excellent teacher !  
Reply Report futsanglung 2016-1-6 03:06
I do not like being stationary, I prefer moving around
Reply Report springcastle 2016-1-6 08:00
futsanglung: I do not like being stationary, I prefer moving around
Dear, It's stationery, not stationary.  
Reply Report Dracarys 2016-1-6 09:42
wow - I don't know if it's proper for me to say . but you are quite lovely and cute just like a little girl ..
Reply Report futsanglung 2016-1-6 15:07
You will not move me on this
Reply Report saver 2016-1-7 15:56
hi,springcastle,a little story of stationery complex reflect progress of society culture
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2016-1-9 12:17
I am better when I move but stationery is all write  
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-10 14:33
I love having my pencil sharpened.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-10 14:37
futsanglung: I do not like being stationary, I prefer moving around
I have a rod that measures 12 inches but I don't use it as a rule. I'll get my coat.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-10 14:45
futsanglung: You will not move me on this
I have a friend who doesn't like using rubbers. They don't tickle his fancy and he reckons they erase one of life's simple pleasures.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-10 14:49
I knew an accountant who had a problem with constipation. He worked it out with a pencil.
Reply Report springcastle 2016-1-10 17:16
ColinSpeakman: I am better when I move but stationery is all write   
Our house has two studies that are used to accomodate books and stationery. Still, one of the bookcase is nearly empty. That proves I am still shallow in learning and need more books and stationery. When free, I will travel to Beijing and buy more quality books.
Reply Report futsanglung 2016-1-10 21:53
Newtown: I have a rod that measures 12 inches but I don't use it as a rule. I'll get my coat.
I have told you a million times not to exagerate
Reply Report futsanglung 2016-1-10 21:53
Newtown: I love having my pencil sharpened.
Is there any lead in it?
Reply Report 宁檬 2016-1-11 11:34
One of my friends back at college was a huge fan of stationery. I like shopping at the stationery too, mostly because they are full of vivid colors and different cartoons. But here we don't have many good brands, and most stores are a little bit dull. It's hard for me to pick up a notebook I truly like.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-11 14:13
futsanglung: I have told you a million times not to exagerate
So that means you got to exactly 1 million with this quip ? Time to buy a lottery ticket and a new abacus.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-11 14:15
futsanglung: Is there any lead in it?
Well I never like to have it blunt, and have not yet sought to join the "I fire blanks club". Generally I am quite a straight shooter.
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-11 14:18
springcastle: Our house has two studies that are used to accomodate books and stationery. Still, one of the bookcase is nearly empty. That proves I am still shallow ...
Do you have space to accommodate any spelling or grammar texts in "one of the bookcase" (sic) ?
Reply Report Newtown 2016-1-11 14:20
宁檬: One of my friends back at college was a huge fan of stationery. I like shopping at the stationery too, mostly because they are full of vivid colors an ...
Do you go shopping at the stationary stationery or do you pick up things on the hop ?
Reply Report futsanglung 2016-1-11 16:30
Newtown: Well I never like to have it blunt, and have not yet sought to join the "I fire blanks club". Generally I am quite a straight shooter. ...
At my age I still shoot straight and do not care if they are blank or live rounds as long as there is a bang

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