H is for Handwriting

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I wonder how long it would have taken me to transfer my thoughts onto that piece of paper if my native tongue was Chinese. I mean, those symbols are pretty complex – do some people add their own flair? We can add hearts or stars on top of our lower case i’s and we all still know what letter it is; we can customize our alphabet!

In school we learn the proper way to write each letter and once we feel safe and confident we’ll start connecting the tops of our fours – and refuse to make every ‘r’ lower-case [see above]. Some people actually don’t care at all how their freehand writing looks, or maybe they do but the effort to make it legible is just too great. Who knows? 

Know what’s annoying? Starting off a fresh piece of paper with intentions of making the most beautifully written grocery list ever created, only to have it end up looking like pure shit; I hate that. The first few lines are perfect, you take your time and are careful to space out the items in case you need to add something…

…And when all is said and done? Might as well have done this:

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via: visualsforchange.com

One last thing…

…Maybe it’s a girl thing, in fact, I’m confident it is. We all have or had that one friend with the best handwriting. How does she do it? It’s like a God damn font from the computer. For me, that friend was Emily Thompson and in middle school I always wondered if she was aware of it. I wish my writing looked like that, is something every girl has said to herself at least once; what a weird thing to envy.


 

A to Z Challenge: Day Eight

 

23 thoughts on “H is for Handwriting

  1. It’s funny you chose to blog about this, last week my grandma and I were having a discussion about penmanship. My two younger cousins are 13 years old and use tablets and other computers for school. She told me cursive is no longer being taught at their schools and it blew my mind. When I was their age I was forced to write all my reports in cursive, I know you’re not much older than me but I’m sure you had to do it too. I couldn’t believe how terrible their spelling is now also! My one cousin can’t spell bowl or sugar! (I know this because she wrote a recipe out and had it hanging on the fridge at her house) There was a brief time in my life I knew shorthand writing, something kids today will never believe let alone be able to read. Although most of this writing I do now is on the computer, I still like handwriting my lists and notes. I just wish penmanship was still emphasized in school. My grandma said she works with a 22 year old who can’t read cursive! No fucking joke.

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    1. I have great handwriting for the first 4 sentences… then it just all goes to shit. I used to think that was part of the interview process for teachers… writing on the white board.

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  2. My wife is an elementary school teacher, and she even goes so far as to criticize my signature . . . in front of other people! “Tsk, tsk, tsk! Look at that! It doesn’t even look like your name at all! I’m a teacher, and he’d fail my class!” Sigh.

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    1. Rough! With that being said, the fun of a signature is that it’s not easily recreated. (You can use that next time if you want). Haha!

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  3. Yes, one of my friends from high school has wonderful penmanship! Mine is, I’m in too much of a hurry, even when I slow it down… I just can’t make it pretty.

    Years later, my friend and I got in touch with one another on Facebook. We met up for dinner, she wrote something down and I’m like “I forgot HOW NICE your writing looks.” Then I handed her something I scribbled. Dang it, that’s why I have a keyboard! I can type as quickly as my thoughts

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    1. …And I’d be willing to bet your friend looked at you the same way she did back in the day when she was told that? It’s a look of… Oh, this?

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    1. I think as people get older, myself included, you just start to pay less attention – the goal is to get the message across – not make sure it’s beautiful.

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  4. Now with the digital age, the usage of pens and pencils has reduced dramatically and now when I write on paper… mostly lists… my handwriting is not what it used to be! *sigh*
    I am visiting from the A to Z Challenge Co-host’s Team. Hope you are having a great time reading, writing and networking with co-participants of the A to Z Challenge. Cheers 🙂
    Co-Host AJ’s wHooligan for the A to Z Challenge 2016

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  5. Handwriting and penmanship are two words that will probably not be used for H posts in A-Z 2020, or if they are they’ll be mentioned under history or obsolete. A little sad. I still love writing though I don’t do it all that often. Visiting from A-Z, all the best for the rest of the challenge

    Nilanjana.
    Ninja Minion, A-Z 2016
    Madly-in-Verse

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  6. I’m honestly just happy I’m not the only person who thinks her handwriting isn’t “adult” enough (or thinks about handwriting at all for that matter…) Oh, and I also capitalize R’s 🙂

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