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Monday, October 3, 2011

Handwriting

Handwriting


I thought my handwriting was awful.  Mrs. Cranky’s writing is even worse.  If it were not for computers and keyboards our only means of communication would be verbal.
Handwriting used to be really important.  Handwriting was a graded course from first through third grade.  We first learned printing and then moved on to script, or what we called longhand and is now called cursive.  Longhand was tough for me.  It was not until second grade that I was allowed to write between two lines instead of three.  This used to be a big deal.  The paper we used was yellow lined paper.  It had no margins, and was so cheap that there were tiny wood chunks of still unprocessed paper scattered throughout the writing surface.  Writing between only two lines reduced the chances of having to run your pencil point into a wood chunk.

I write left handed so I faced the problem of following my writing with my palm and smudging everything I wrote.  Fortunately my teacher showed me how to slant the paper so that I could write and avoid smudging.  It was not many years before I hit First grade that teachers would have tied my left hand behind my back and forced me to learn to write with my right hand.  Slanting the paper was a better solution.  I’m not sure, but I think John Wayne Gacy was forced to write with his right hand in this way (giyp).
Mrs. Cranky went to a Catholic school.  I do not know how she survived with her handwriting.  Catholic school was notorious for placing extraordinary importance on handwriting.  I think it was a holdover from the monks having to copy The Bible calligraphically.

Mrs. Cranky’s handwriting is so bad that I can hardly read her chicken scratch.  If I go grocery shopping with her list I have to question her before I leave.
“What is totly parpy?”

“Wait, let me see….TOILET PAPER!”
“What the hell is eng murphies?”

“That’s ENGLISH MUFFINS!.....jerk.”
“What is Tkr sauce?”

“TURKEY SAUSAGE”

Sometimes she is stumped by her own writing.
“Ok I give up, what is kprglibnk?”

“What?  Give me that……..shit, I don’t know….buy something that starts with a K…..and you’re still a jerk! 

7 comments:

  1. i thought for sure u would say mine was worse master cranky

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  2. New follower from the Monday Mingle. Your blog looks like a lot of fun! Can't wait to read more posts.

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  3. I get lots of compliments on my handwriting...it looks pretty, but it's completely illegible to anybody but me XD

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  4. I have to say that I have never had any complaints about my handwriting. Pretty much everyone can read it, although most people comment that I do not have girlie hand writing.

    S has what I call doctors handwriting - completely illegible!

    Lou :-0

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  5. I love writing in cursive. Or at least i used to. Now mine is getting worse too for lack of use. Plus, with typing, you can write almost as fast as your brain works (depending on your brain and how fast it works...mine works at lightening speed) When I'm writing, I can't keep up with my brain and I make lots of mistakes. Anyhow, it saddens me that my own children can't/don't write in cursive. They learned it in 4th grade and that was it. They are no longer required to USE it. IN fact the teachers prefer printing or typewritten work. So...cursive is a lost art at this point and soon it will be like hyroglyphics (however you spell that). Future generations will need archeologists to come translate our stuff. SAD!

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  6. My handwriting varies. If I take my time it is neat and legible. Otherwise? Fughettaboutit! It is slowly becoming a lost art in and of itself.

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  7. Love your blog. I do not have enough man-blogs in my life, lol! Found your blog at Welcome Wednesday, following you! Hope you have a minute to drop by Happy Hour Projects to say hello!
    Adrianne
    www.happyhourprojects.com

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