Bouquet of Sharpened Pencils


Whenever September rolls around, and I see the store displays of school supplies lined up, I can’t help but think of the line from You’ve Got Mail when Tom Hank’s character writes, “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.”


This year I actually made myself a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils!

We’ve been testing out pencil sharpeners, lots and lots of them. Last year when my daughter started kindergarten, I was in love with the idea of an old-fashioned, manual-crank sharpener. After a year of disenchantment, though, I have been on a quest for the best electric pencil sharpener. Several of the top office supply manufacturers sent us sharpeners to test out. After lots of evaluating — working our way through three, 24-count boxes of fresh pencils — I’m happy to report that we have a winner!

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