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Got to pick a pocket…

Posted by Dirck on 27 August, 2009

My son is in danger. At any moment, Fagin (ideally played by Alec Guinness) is apt to appear and spirit him away to his true calling of pick-pocket.

His most astonishing feat thus far is abstracting my mother’s watch from her wrist, while he distracted her with a toy held in his other hand. She didn’t notice it was gone until he began waving it over his head in triumph. That’s quite the feat for a chap still shy of 14 months.

The problem for me in this, apart from a disinclination to be a background figure in a Dickens-inspired musical, is that I am very frequently holding the wee footpad on my right side, giving him easy access to my pen pocket. Thus far he’s been mostly attracted to newer and studier pens, but it won’t be long before he’s worked out relative values.

He disguises it as a game, of course– pen out of pocket, pen into pocket, just a happy repetitive infant’s play, lalalala. Apart from perfecting his dunking, though, I have more grave concerns. Last night, as he was “returning” my pen, he took a good grip on it and pressed it firmly into the space between a couple of ribs. The look on his face was that of one who has some valuable data from an experiment which needs contemplation. Just how much force to penetrate? Might a more slender pen do a better job?

I need to convince him that even if he manages to get away with it, the inheritance isn’t yet worth the effort.

Today’s pen: Lamy 2000 (big blunt ends… although it might serve as a bludgeon)
Today’s ink: Lamy blue-black.

One Response to “Got to pick a pocket…”

  1. […] from my own developments to my son’s: I had mentioned earlier his own interest in other people’s pens, and this took on a new aspect on Friday. He lifted […]

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