...my soul dies a little with it.
There's nothing worse than having a sharp pencil without an eraser. It's almost as if the pencil is taunting you. "It's okay to make a mistake because you can erase it," it whispers, "but you'll have to get up and go FIND AN ERASER FIRST!"
Since I bought my first 12-box pack of Ticonderoga Dixon #2 pencils at Costco, I have protected these erasers as if I'd made them myself. I usually make my students use the REALLY big pink eraser to help prevent eraser attrition. I mean, what good is a pencil if it doesn't have an eraser? I've been slacking lately and these pencils are the proof.
Looks like I need to get the big pink eraser out again!