Spurred to speed, Prissy hurried toward the back of the house while Scarlett scratched a hasty note on the margin of Gerald’s last letter to her—the only bit of paper in the house. As she folded it, so that her note was uppermost, she caught Gerald’s words, “Your mother—typhoid—under no condition—to come home—” She almost sobbed. If it wasn’t for Melanie, she’d start home, right this minute, if she had to walk every step of the way.
— Margaret Mitchell, “Gone With the Wind”
And so it is that I blame Margaret Mitchell for my paper-hoarding tendencies. When I first read Gone With the Wind years ago, one of the many visual images that stuck with me was that of Scarlett having to scratch out a note on the margin of an old letter. Was paper really in such short supply? Apparently so, and as God is my witness, I never intend to be caught in that predicament.
So I have a nice collection of paper products: Journals. Paperback and hardback notebooks. Composition books (spiral and perfect-bound). Packages of paper (printer paper, notebook paper, cardstock). I have scrapbooking paper for when the crafting bug hits, sticky notes in various shapes and sizes, notepads in both block and sheet form, and even some leftover bubblegum pink printer paper that was supposed to signify something or other in a long-forgotten organizational system.
If there’s ever another paper shortage, unlike Scarlett O’Hara, I do not intend to suffer. And so I share my latest paper-hoarder acquisition, a small but charming little A-shaped notebook I found at Books-A-Million this week. The attached tag tells me that this $6.99 notebook from Alphabooks was a 2016 Gift of the Year selection. I believe it will be just perfect for various jottings down. I briefly had the irrational thought that I ought to buy one in every letter of the alphabet and use them in sequence until I run out of paper (or things to say), but I restrained myself.
Are there any other paper hoarders reading today? I’d love to know!