Today we recognize National Ballpoint Pen Day. It’s a day to appreciate the ubiquitous implement, whose patent was filed on June 10, 1943.
True, it’s not the sexiest pen on the block. It’s not as beautiful as a fountain pen and the ink doesn’t flow quite like that of a gel pen. But it gets the job done, and odds are you’ve got one within arm’s reach of you right now — you just checked, didn’t you?
What’s more, June 8 celebrated National Best Friends Day, which makes today an ideal time to put pen to paper and actually write a real letter to our best friends (rest those texting thumbs for once, why don’t you).