so long, handwriting

i saw two different things last week that made me start feeling really sad for the future of a good handwritten note. the first was this awesome blog post from the girls at assemble about the art of junior high love notes -- do we not ALL remember these?! (click the link if you need a refresher in folding techniques ;)

i'm pretty sure 60% of my freshman year of high school was spent writing letters to my friends and folding them up like this. not the best for my education, but DANG it was fun. i think i still have a handful of them, tucked away in a box somewhere. such good memories!

second was an article i read in the wall street journal, entitled "the new script for teachers is no script at all." it talks about the decline of cursive education in public schools. handwriting lessons are becoming obsolete in favor of keyboard proficiency and other "more essential" skills needed for our technological world. how SAD is that? i remember learning to write in cursive -- my aunt, who has beautiful penmanship, taught me when i was around 7 years old and i practiced and practiced. throughout the 20+ years since then, i've spent a lot of time creating my own personalized little version of lyndsey-cursive that is distinctly mine. i've always been pretty conscious about my non-cursive penmanship and take pride in my style of writing. it bums me out to think of all these future generations who will only text or email their friends -- never learning the fun of folding a note into a heart or making the important decision of whether to dot their i's with a circle or a heart. ;)

what do you think about this? am i just being old-fashioned, or do you feel me on this one?

1 comment:

  1. I write in cursive all the time, so it's wonderful to hear others do too. My friends tease me because they all print. I call it my Catholic school cursive because that's where it was ingrained in me. Now I love seeing cursive writing. I totally agree with you! (old-fashioned or not)