It’s not just that I like paper. I like it when it’s many papers bound together with an interesting cover and preferably a divider with a pocket. I have a lot of notebooks. It’s almost like I panic if I don’t have something I can write on – something that’s not a receipt or a napkin. I love the look of a blank page with nice blue lines that are begging me to make a mark on them.
One of the things I do when visiting in a new city, even if the store I’m in is just the grocery, is visit the aisle where they sell notebooks for school or business. Every area of the country is bound to have a different type or size of notebook and they are hardly ever expensive, so I buy one (or two. Okay, sometimes I buy three.)
I have small ones for my purse because I might need to write something down at any given moment and must be prepared.
I have a notebook by my bed because I might get a good idea before falling asleep and I know I’ll forget it by morning.
I have notebooks where I record the books I read and notebooks where I journal.
I have a notebook of quotes that I like.
I have notebooks to keep track of my house and what’s in it.
I have a church notebook in case I think God is telling me something while I’m in a service.
I have notebooks by the phone and notebooks for the grocery lists.
And finally, I have a stack of notebooks, mostly gifts, just blank and waiting for me to need them for something.
My calendar that I use most is like a notebook. I buy the same kind every year and use them like a journal. There is a lot of stuff in them. I am always referring to them when I wonder what I was or wasn’t up to on a certain date.
I am glad that I write in my notebooks, but there is a strange phenomenon because of the habit. Once I’ve written something down, I often put it out of mind. That is why I like to go back and read my notebooks from years ago. Sometimes when paging through an old notebook I say to myself, “who wrote this?” It looks so foreign that I wonder if someone else used my notebook. It’s a pain to have to figure out if I was quoting someone or being original. For this reason, I have a final tip for all notebook lovers. When you write, be sure to put the full date of your writing and credit those you quote.
Do you carry a notebook?