How legible is your handwriting? Mine’s not bad, but it seems to be getting worse.
I always loved cursive writing and I had pretty decent penmanship. But lately my signature has become more of a lazy straight line with a couple of distinguishing marks to dot the ‘i’ and cross the ‘t’. It’s looks nothing like what I practiced for hours on end in grammar school.
My older daughter brought home a handwriting textbook the other day. She loves the look of cursive writing, but she struggles to get her letters just right.
What’s funny is that she’s questioning the whole thing. Why learn cursive when most everything is done on computers? Do we really have to know how to make a cursive letter “Q”? Who writes in cursive anymore anyway, Mom?
Part of me agrees with her. I had minor surgery last year and didn’t actually sign one piece of paper. Instead, I e-signed the documents or I filled out the pdf form, saved it, added my automatic signature and sent it back. More convenient for me and the doctor, I’m sure.
But the other part of me mourns the disappearance of such a cool art form.
Do you remember when you were a kid and you got your own mail? I loved getting cards and instantly recognizing the curly, flowery writing of my aunts.
I remember the extremely neat lettering of my second grade teacher, who hand wrote comments on the side of my report card.
And I loved the handwritten letters from Santa and the Tooth Fairy…which I was eventually shocked to discover bore a striking resemblance to my mother’s style of writing…
There’s something special about a handwritten note, a thank you card or a holiday greeting. I love receiving them. And I love sending them. I really hope the art of handwriting doesn’t go away completely.