Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Writing in Cursive


I don't know how true it is that schools are considering not teaching cursive writing anymore but I hope it's not true. Remember practicing your penmanship? Trying  to form the letters perfectly, following those arrows that showed which direction to write each line and how to connect each letter.

Cursive writing is beautiful and if we stop teaching it many things from the past will become hieroglyphics. My father wrote my mother letters from Vietnam, in cursive, I hope one day my grandchildren and great grandchildren can read them. Those letters contain the short history of a boy who went to fight a man's war and came home in a box, I don't want them to forget.

Having said that, I have to admit, I have lazy hands.  I've gotten so used to typing everything that my hands have gotten lazy and if I have to write something my hand cramps up. I'm not proud of that but I think it is a side effect of our generation. No one writes by hand anymore.

I usually have a planner for each year, they are stacked in my closet, an abbreviated history of my year. This year I am doing a bullet journal. I started several months ago and seeing everything handwritten, even the dates, makes it seem more personal.

I had forgotten how beautiful writing by hand is, how much it adds to the words. The words seem more elegant, the ideas seems to flow smoothly together. Even my jumble of unattached thoughts is made beautiful.

I wish I could say I would write more, but I know I won't, it's much easier to type my blogs into this little box, backspacing when necessary, cutting and pasting as needed for flow.

I do think I will take up letter writing though. Letter writing, like cursive, has been lost in the lure of email and our computer screen. I'm not sure what I will say, but I'm going to make an effort to send a personal note every month. I will buy beautiful stationary and use my best penmanship.

Hopefully, someone will smile when they get my old fashioned letter. At least it will be something in the mail besides bills!

Do you hand write letters? Or do you just sign your name to birthday and Christmas cards and call it good?