It’s gone the way of hieroglyphics!
I remember having lovely penmanship. It had style and flair and it was mine, all mine! I was always complimented on my handwriting. When I mailed my cards or letters people would recognize my script and know the note was coming from me.
Fast forward … I can’t even read my handwriting today. Holding a pen or pencil is foreign to me. My fingers don’t wrap around the instruments as comfortably and so my writing slants upwards, downwards, the letters have no flow and I am aghast at how sloppy and illegible my writing has become. Kind of looks like the scrawl you have to retype when you are ordering something on-line.
Even the last bastion in writing… making out checks, is no longer necessary as most bills are paid on-line.
And what happened to courtesy? Emily Post (if you don’t know who that is, you are too young to read this blog) would be stunned to learn that sending a hand written “thank you” note for a gift or a hosted dinner party is no longer of importance. Well, some might send an email thank you. But how detached is that? Taking the time to hand write a personal note on stationary is so much more giving, warm and special.
I blame it all on instant messaging; the computer and hand-held cellphone. Now you can walk down a street, ride a bus or train, or be at a dinner table (I find that exceptionally rude) and text a message. It amazes me how quickly those thumbs work that tiny cellphone keyboard. OMG and then, when you get a text message you have to understand the new vocabulary because what is keyed-in is usually abbreviated.
I have to stop writing this blog now. I am going to start practicing my penmanship, get my handwriting skills back and write a few letters.