At what grade I learned cursive writing, I do not recall. What I do remember is the feeling of making the artistic strokes, taking time to form each letter and then give the words my own little bit of flair. It was wonderful, the swirls and loops. The Palmer Method developed in the late nineteenth century has never left me, but I confess that I’ve left the perfect style somewhat.
That’s because everyone’s handwriting is unique. I’ve even noticed that a person’s script changes over time. When I was younger, my penmanship contained more sharp points and fewer flourishes. Elderly writers develop jagged words and signatures. Over the years, I’ve followed the rules, though. I still sit up straight, slant my paper, hold the writing instrument with my index finger on top, and allow enough room on the desk for my arm to rest in a stationary position. Carefully, each letter is formed without lifting the pen, unless it is to dot an “i” or cross a “t.” That was how I was taught by my elementary school teacher. The right way.
After my husband, Roland, died nine years ago, I filled out a family generational book, answering pages of questions about our lives.
I consider it a life lines legacy of sorts. For months I wrote by hand before finally completing the project for our children. If our grandchildren do not learn the art of cursive writing, they will not be able to read the fascinating tales in the family record. Of course, I believe they can all read and write cursive. Maybe they’ll even teach someone who missed the valuable lesson. That would be a “bonus letter.”
My father used to joke about owing someone money. He’d say, “Write it in the dust, and let the rain settle it.” He was kidding, of course.
But the Son of God did once write in the dust with His finger. When he finished, the woman taken in adultery had no accusers. Jesus simply said, “Go, and sin no more.”
Have you ever wondered exactly what Jesus wrote that day? Did He use cursive? One thing we know for sure; His handwriting was legible, because the people who read it got the message and took off. So, there’s my argument for reviving cursive writing. Do you think cursive writing is becoming a lost art? Write me a letter.
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