After many long years, I found something that I had been searching for. It was just a Moleskine notebook, but a small one- the size of a credit card. It had detachable pages. It was durable and light. I took one everywhere I went.
I found them in Florence in 2000, and didn't truly become addicted until I was living in Barcelona in 2003. In Barcelona I often traveled very light to deter theft, carrying a tiny concealable bag with my wallet, ipod, a pencil, and the notebook. I captured so many moments on the small pages.
The notebook was in the Volant series and for years I begged suppliers everywhere to help me find one. A kind shopkeeper in Barcelona did ask when she went to Milan and confirmed that they were discontinued. I never saw them in the US and had little hope.
Until today. . .
I was walking down the street in Park Slope when something caught my eye: Moleskines in new colors. And then my eye wandered to a small basket. It was full of extra-small Volant notebooks. I couldn't believe my eyes. What a miracle.