Friday, September 30, 2011


A week or so ago, we received a thank-you note at the Bishop's Storehouse from a lady who had come for assistance with her groceries.  She wrote a beautiful thank-you to us, but the other thing that was so beautiful about her note was her handwriting.  She had absolutely beautiful handwriting!  She came in to the Storehouse again yesterday and I was talking to her about her note and telling her what beautiful penmanship she had.  She said she was a Fine Arts major and she also said her grandmother had beautiful handwriting. 
We talked about how note writing, is almost obsolete and especially thank-you notes, and even more rare is an actual hand-written thank-you note sent through the mail.  Too often we email, facebook, or twitter or thanks, if we even remember to do that at all.

Reading her note reminded me of my fourth grade teacher who was always on me about my handwriting.  She lectured and lectured me and would make me even redo some papers I handed in.  She always told me that I had nice handwriting if I would just slow down to write, and she was right.  Well, I don't know how nice it really is, but it is horrible if I'm in a hurry.  I also was reminded of my Dad's brother who had incredibly beautiful handwriting.  Although I don't think he wrote in cursive, he printed it.  I remember a letter my dad got from him and when I saw it, it looked like caligraphy, but not quite.   It was a work of art in itself. 

It makes me wonder if writing things by hand will become obsolete in the future?  Maybe.  But maybe it will turn into some kind of art.  We'll go to the art museums and there on the wall will be framed sheets of letters in beautiful handwriting.  :0)


Delirious said...

Well, and looking at it from a handwriting analysis point of view, there is so much personality in handwriting! Just seeing familiar handwriting of people we know, brings their personality to memory. I don't have the best handwriting, but I think part of it is because I hurry. The other part is probably my screwy personality. ;)

Dee Ice Hole said...

When we got our computers at work I lost patience with writing and my writing went to pot. I have slowed down quite a bit and can now at least read what I write.

Juli D. Quinteros de Hernandez said...

I understand they are no longer teaching the kids at school to write in cursive, so I am sure 100+ years from now, they will not even know how to read those old love letters their grandparents & great grandparents wrote in days gone by when they run across them.

These days, seems like the schools are pushing computers so much that there's no need for pen & paper any more.

Green Mountain Realty said...

I rather enjoy looking at a persons penmanship almost as much as reading the note itself. I get this connection when I feel like I can connect with the writer's style.