The moment I saw the essay prompt, I immediately knew what I could write about. I have this pen, it is blue with green… Alligator? Crocodile? Dinosaur? on top of it. When you squeeze his big head, his big, sparkly green eyes bulge out. He does not seem to mind, though, as he still keeps his big, toothy smile. I got Trevor (yes, I named him Trevor) last year and he is pretty much my favorite pen, and that says a lot considering I hoard pens like a crazy office lady. This pen has gotten me through my toughest year of high school and is still getting me through this pandemic. I use him all the time because he can be used as a pen, a stress reliever, and a buddy to help me with my work.
Trevor, when you break him down to his raw form, is a pen, obviously. He has black ink, perfect for note-taking or signing documents, a clear cap to keep him from getting ink everywhere, and nice little indentations for my fingers so I can get a comfortable grip. Overall, he does a great job as a pen. One thing I do not particularly like is that the ink flow is not that good, but that is expected for a novelty pen, so I do not hold it against him. Trevor tries his very best and I am proud of him.
Secondly, when you get to the actual Trevor (the little green guy on top), you will find him to be very squishy. As I mentioned earlier, you can squeeze his head and his eyes pop out but do not worry, he finds it very funny as you can see by his smile. Since I am made up of about 98.7% stress, I tend to squeeze him a lot, making him an effective stress reliever as I write. Though I know he is designed for this purpose and he is okay with it, I always ask him if it is okay to squeeze him and I thank him after out of politeness. You would not want someone to squeeze your head without permission, would you? His stress relief capabilities are absolutely perfect, the only downside is that I still feel a little bit bad whenever I squeeze him. I am afraid that one day I might squeeze too hard and his eyes completely detach from his head. He does not deserve that.
Lastly, sometimes I find myself working on a particularly tough essay, algebra question, or general decisions, so I talk to him about it and try and explain what I am doing, eventually I will be able to figure out what I need to do. I got the idea from coders; they usually have rubber ducks or something of the sort by them, and whenever they mess up their code they walk the duck through what they are trying to do and eventually they find where they messed up. I thought it was a very interesting way of getting work completed correctly, so I adopted that idea and made Trevor my “rubber duck”. It was one of the best decisions I have made; he is the perfect listener and he does not interrupt me or anything. I think it is one of his best features.
In conclusion, Trevor is an amazing pen and study buddy. He can do anything, from helping me write, providing me stress relief, and lending an ear while I do my work. I firmly believe that everyone should have a pen-like Trevor, it would change lives and keep people from failing classes or breaking down during finals week. I will continue to use him for years to come, even when his ink runs out. Please do yourself a favor and get your very own Trevor (or whatever you decide to call your new pen friend), you will not regret it.