Handwriting


Handwriting.  With growing technology, handwriting is beginning to be obsolete.  I’ve even forgot how to spell some words-even the easiest-when writing a handwritten thank you note.  Yes, thank you notes should still be handwritten, but that’s another topic on etiquette.  (Click HERE to see a blog about handwritten letters).  Thanks to my iPhone and spellcheck on the computer, thinking about how to spell is something that I don’t have to do anymore.  For some, this could be a good thing, (if you’re in a hurry to send a quick email, or write memo), but for kids, I think that the spellchecker should be taken off — only because the computer is doing the work for them.  With a click of the mouse, the word can be corrected.

Above is a sample of my handwriting.  It’s not consistent at all, but it never is-not even when I try.  I want to have good handwriting, (not just because about ten years ago one of my family members commented on my “horrible” handwriting.  The truth is, I don’t even like how I write, non-cursive or cursive.  Maybe it’s because I don’t do it every single day.

This leads me to another thing.  When I was taught cursive (many hears ago), I loved it.  It made me feel like an adult.  Just the word, cursive, sounds fancy.  In high school, the teachers-even some who taught me cursive, didn’t care how we wrote-as long as our names were on our papers, the font was Times, and the paragraphs were double-spaced.  Times have definitely changed.

Here are some things to think about:

  • What do you think about your handwriting, or do you even know what it looks like?
  • Is it the same each time?  Do you prefer to write cursive or non-cursive?
  • When writing by hand in this modern world, do you find yourself struggling to remember to spell?
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9 thoughts on “Handwriting

  1. I never lost the cursive training (I had a rather elderly third grade teacher whose mission it was to make us have beautiful handwriting). Now the only time I write in printing is when someone else has to read it. I like to write my first drafts by hand (when I can–but sometimes it is easier to just pull up MS Word) because it adds that extra level of editing.

  2. So very true. And don’t forget texting shorthand. I find myself writing “btw” instead of “by the way” when I’m actually writing by hand. I think we use different muscles for typing and for hand writing, because I get a hand-cramp after writing three sentences long hand. Thanks for the thoughtful post.

    • Oh, good one! I have SO many people who text like, “b4,” “c u soon,” and “n e time!” I find this really annoying, and hate it. This forces me to keep texting, no matter how many texts it takes to say what I want, or cramps I get. The other day, I was typing “on my way” on my iPhone. My husband, then told me that I could type “omw,” and that it’d automatically write out “On my way!” for you! How awesome is that?! At least technology isn’t completely turning shorthand!” :-)

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