Today, January 23rd, is National Handwriting Day – so named in honor of John Hancock’s birthday; an honor bestowed upon him as the first signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.
When was the last time you put pen to paper? As a writer and blogger I often write out my stories on paper first and I have several notebooks full of my handwriting. Even though I write my stories on the computer for saving, I always hesitate to throw my written words away. My mother sings a different tune on writing – she would rather dig a ditch than write!
In school I loved to write and enjoyed writing my essays and book reports by hand, always trying to make my cursive writing flow neatly on the paper. I envied others who had better penmanship on their papers – to some it came so easy. Sometimes you could pick up a paper and just know immediately who wrote it, by their handwriting being so distinctive. Cursive writing seems to be exiting, like the land lines in our homes. My generation has seen so many changes – I’ll save that for another post.
I find it sad that cursive writing seems to be going away in schools due to common core – they feel the time could be spent better in teaching other things; I don’t agree with that. And if we teach our children how to write cursive at home – can the schools tell them No in writing their reports in cursive? Penmanship is an art form – look at calligraphy, it’s an art form and often used on invitations.
In connection to genealogy, how will our future historian’s read their ancestors wills and diaries! Will it look like a foreign language to them? We sign a check, credit card and other documents with our signature – how will they sign? Each individuals signature is considered unique – so what will the signatures of the future look like? Will they be printed?
I suppose no one will will collect autographs any longer? Who will be able to even read them in the future? Celebrities usually have a distinctive cursive scribble that they sign fast – they surely won’t take the time to print their name. What would be distinctive with that? Will this make the older autographs more valuable or not?
My word processing software has a handwriting font – will that go away? Imagine reading a document in English – and you can’t – just because the words were written in cursive writing.
Well I will continue writing in cursive as I enjoy it, and if my future descendants can’t read cursive, then they’ll miss out by not being able to read my journals. I guess they will have to take a night class to learn or maybe “Siri” could scan and google the cursive words to read to them. What is this world coming to?
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