As I shared with you in an earlier post, I still enjoy writing my thoughts out by hand in a journal, notebook or legal pad. And anyone who knows me knows that I love to send personalized cards for all of the holidays. Other than me, I really don’t know anyone who enjoys sending snail mail like I do. My cursive may look like chicken scratch sometimes, but at least I can still cross my Ts and dot my Is.
I came across a blog post today, When Cursive Cried Wolf, on The Book Bench sections of The New Yorker’s website. It tackles this same topic. Not too long ago I had breakfast with my first-grade teacher and she told me that they were no longer going to teach cursive and that she was afraid kids wouldn’t be able to sign their name to anything.That’s why I was surprised to find out that more and more people are buying stationary. And I love that Elissa Lerner included links to courses to brush up on your handwriting. I have a friend moving to San Francisco, and while email and text are probably going to be our preferred route of communication, I wonder if she would like to receive a handwritten note on a beautiful piece of paper.
As a writer by trade, I would hate to see cursive become obsolete. Maybe I am nostalgic, but this was how all of the great novels were written. Jane Austen and William Shakespeare certainly didn’t have computers.
Do you send handwritten notes and cards to people? Do you use your cursive when working on drafts of your articles?