I know what you’re thinking. But this post is not about guest towels. That was just the most applicable title I could think of for what’s on my mind today. I’d also like to provide credit where credit is due – a dear friend of mine asked me to explain the name of my blog yesterday (Grams Typewriter), and not only did that call me to action but it lead to this post. Thank you my friend!
Anyways. We all have them. Things we save for special occasions, that we don’t want to use or put out unless it’s really worth it because we are saving them for special occasions, rainy days, or any number of other reasons.
I have these things; one particularly precious one in fact. It’s my Gram’s old typewriter. I LOVE it. It is a huge inspiration to me for writing and for wanting to write. I have had it in my care for several years, and it has been sitting in its case. I look at it at lot; but I never take it out. I didn’t want to break it,or get it dusty or dirty. When I was telling my friend yesterday about my blog and about how this typewriter is one of the things that truly inspires me, and it is in fact what my blog is named after, she said “You should put it out in your office! With a picture of your Gram and Grandpa!”
What a simple and wonderful idea! It got me wondering why I hadn’t done it yet. Easy answer: I was saving my typewriter. For special occasions. Or rainy days. Or… Something.
Well, I can guarantee you that if I asked either my Gram or my Gramps what their wishes would have been for me, having their typewriter, it would not have been for me to leave it in its case like an ancient artifact that only sees the light of day through a carefully opened lid. They would have wanted me to have it out. To inspire me. Probably to even use it, if I wanted to! This precious item deserves better than to be treated like my guest towels.
I call it my inspiration corner. It’s in my office, right next to me, where I can see it when I’m working. I even have some paper for my typewriter; I might use it next time I get writer’s block!
But it’s out now, in a place of honor, where it truly belongs.
Thank you my friend, for reminding me again about what is really important. And for helping me forge one of my new life’s rules: Life is too short for guest towels!