Lost Skills?

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Writing with a Personal Touch

I was looking in a box in the wardrobe the other day, full of stuff from when I was a child. There are some school books and copybooks from when I learned to write at an early age. I found a couple of little ornaments that I bought as memories of school trips and a diary from when I was about 9, interesting reading! I also found some letters and postcards that my Granny sent to me from her holidays and others that my Dad sent from his travels.

What I found of particular interest was their handwriting. Beautiful cursive (joined) writing. It is a skill that seems to have disappeared in the last couple of generations of children growing up; keyboarding, texting (with very strange spellings), and printed writing are taught in schools.

I did learn cursive writing at school, but I admit that my handwriting has evolved into something of a scribbly mix between cursive writing and printed letters. Not exactly elegant.

I just read an article from uk.businessinsider.com, which said that cursive writing is making a comeback in America. In 14 states in 2016, it is now mandatory to teach this to the students.

I am glad, and I find it a little sad that a child these days would not be able to read a beautifully handwritten letter because they never learned to write or interpret cursive writing in school.

Using Mail

Sending letters and cards is more and more becoming a thing of the past. Do you remember the feeling when you get a letter in the post and knowing that someone didn’t take the easy option to email or send a text message? Handwritten letters are so personal, and I, for one, appreciate that another person took the trouble to send it.

Having said that, I have to confess that I am guilty as the next person of not writing letters and of sending fewer and fewer cards even though I love receiving them. So, this week I will make a point of giving another person a good feeling and send at least one letter! Will you?

I hope you have a great week,

Maria Brady