How’s your penmanship?

986158f8d2785a33bff769951ab9efc7Recently, I received a letter in the mail from an old friend.  After I got over the shock of a real letter in my mail box, rather than simply the standard bills and flyers, I tore open the envelope to find out what the latest news was and the shock continued.

The letter was hand written on gorgeous stationary.  Unfortunately, I could only read about every other word.  After deciphering the bulk of the letter I found myself thinking about the state of my friend’s handwriting, and then my own.  What I discovered had me both laughing and cringing.

When you think about it, when was the last time you wrote something other than your grocery list? In my case, even that is digital now. I type everything, from letters to quick texts to shopping lists.  When I have a question for my sister, I don’t leave her a note, I send her a message.  It’s become so easy to do all of our writing and communication digitally that many of us have forgotten the art of penmanship.

Picture the calligraphy of the Middle Ages.  Everything was so beautifully put to paper.  Even 10 years ago we put effort into writing to each other, creating tangible records of our interactions and the events in our lives.  Personally, I love the look of a well written letter on parchment.

I tried to create one after reading my friend’s letter and discovered that my cursive was just as bad, if not worse than his.  And my printing, well, it wasn’t much better.  I cite lack of practice for the disastrous outcome of my attempt.  But it did remind me of how much I love the feel of pen sliding across high quality paper.  Legible cursive writing is a gorgeous thing that we should all remember to use before it goes out of style forever.

4 thoughts on “How’s your penmanship?

  1. I still write letters to my aunt. Of course, I also address wedding invites as well. I think it shows an amount of respect to the person taking the time to read what you’ve written, to ensure that your handwriting is legible. I try to teach that to my daughters, who are so used to emailing and typing up projects. It’s a certain pride, and a reciprocal respect… because both the writer and the reader probably rarely, if ever anymore, receive handwritten letters. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. I love your comment! I think it does show a certain amount of respect to receive a neatly penned letter or note. And passing that on to your children is a wonderful thing, because they don’t teach that in schools like they used to. You’re right, it’s all about emailing and texting now, which is kind of sad. I love the personal touch of a letter. Thank you for commenting!

  2. I actually wrote a letter just last Christmas. To an author friend from Germany. It was nice. Different. And so old school! Recently I started writing my ideas for books that are never to be published. Just for fun. And I love it. My little bro brought me my old notebooks with books that I have started and it was nostalgic. And I have to admit some of the ideas were pretty good;) but my writing haven’t changed a bit. It’s still horrible;) xoxo

    1. Hey, Ewelina! Thanks so much for stopping by. I love looking through my old notebooks! So many great thought and ideas in those. 😉 I hope you have fun with your writing! Thank you for commenting!

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