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Do you still write? I mean, hand write a letter, in cursive, to the ones you love?

I have to admit, I cheated. I once wrote a letter to a family member, using the handwriting font I had installed from a disc of 500 'FANTASTIC' fonts.

A long time back I used to get handwritten letters from my mother when I was at a trade school in Waco. I was living in a dorm with other students, taking coursed in refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics and repair. Every weekend, my mother would write me a letter and send me 20 dollars and some items like extra shirt and a few books to read. I wrote back. At that time, back in 1975, after high school graduation, I didn't have a laptop or a tablet. In fact, those were not available at the time for most people on average.

Lately I do not write letters by hand at all. I do write, notes in my pocket spiral and regular spiral notebooks. But I stopped writing by hand any kind of letters to people in the family. They all would seem to rather text me on Facebook. I kind of miss had written letters. They were more solid. They were more personal and private. You know what I mean?

The times have changed. I am lucky to have lived back then, in an age when things were more down to earth and more basic, like a knock at my door or the sound of a telephone ringing. These have been taken over by the latest gadgets. Once in a while I think about writing a letter, by hand.

The typewriter was my mother's favorite instrument. She had a mechanical typewriter. She was always typing out stories and poems to submit to publishers. She was a book worm also. She was also a letter writer. When it came to writing letters to her sisters and brothers and children, she wrote using pen and paper. When I got post cards from a friend or a relative, it was always hand written. Those were good things to me. I saved many of the post cards my grandmother Porter, wrote as she had sold land for a commercial retail developer and she managed to get pretty rich by doing that. So much so that when she had reached her 60's, she started traveling all over the world and she would send my mother a post card from practically every place she visited.

There is something nostalgic about a handwritten letter. I think hand written letters and note taking has become more or less obsolete these days, what with all the cell phones and tablets people are now basically dependent on or emotionally attached. When I write a letter using a handwritten type of font, it seems so fake. But at least a person can actually read it. If I try to write by hand now, it would look like someone wrote it while in the back of a truck going 80 on a winding dirt road.

So, with the timely advent of texting, aka text messaging, the basic sentence has often been reduced to using only a few letters or acronyms to convey a thought. Here is one for you to examine. R U O K? i R ok. but I don't get it. R we so lazy as 2 do this ? Here is a link to a fine example of what the modern age has led us all to in writing messages to one another on our gadgets... SMART WORDS of the English texting age.

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VinceSummers wrote on April 4, 2018, 1:31 PM

I don't pen handwritten letters. Not because I'm too lazy. And not because I don't care. Because my handwriting is pure, unadulterated chicken scratch. A doctor's handwriting is better. I even flunked handwriting in the 4th grade. But if you have decent handwriting, sincerity comes across. It's a fine thing. And cursive is the only way to go. Can you imagine being told your brain surgeon has to print his name?

lookatdesktop wrote on April 4, 2018, 9:04 PM

Ha ha. You are very funny. There is a TV show called The Resident, I think it is called that. Anyway, there is a senior resident surgeon, suffering from a serious deteriorating nervous system disorder that makes his hands shake terribly so he ends up addicted to some type of narcotic or other type drug to slow down the shaky hands. So the idea of a shaky handed surgeon doing work on me or my wife would make me want to abandon all hope for a successful outcome from a surgery procedure. What's more serious is the idea that a surgeon may have not had any sleep for several days and might be about as reckless at the job as a drunken sailor going for a swim on a stormy night at sea. LOL

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MegL wrote on April 5, 2018, 3:58 AM

I seldom handwrite now. Use of the keyboard means your handwriting muscles lose their 'fitness'. My handwriting is now very poor and some children never develop it. I have some handwritten letters from my mother and grandmother that I keep. Who could, or would, keep a text or email for years?

Kasman wrote on April 6, 2018, 2:43 PM

I can't remember when I last hand wrote an actual letter. The closest I come is writing out birthday and Christmas cards!

lookatdesktop wrote on April 6, 2018, 5:24 PM

Who knew? that is really making me stop and wonder. Who? What? LOL But actually, I agree with you as to the muscles in the hand going soft on us if we stop writing. I took drafting class every year from 7th grade to 12th grade. I leaned to print so well that I ended up writing everything in standard print style. I used a certain type of architectural style hand printing. At one time I got so lazy that my style got worse and worse as my head is always working much faster than my hand can keep up with it.

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lookatdesktop wrote on April 6, 2018, 5:29 PM

I wouldn't be surprised if people made a rubber stamp with the words, Love, Henry. or Thanks friend. Or your signature embossed on the rubber stamp. I found out by chance, that during a Congressman's re-election campaign, where I was working in a phone bank to support his re-election, I asked his press secretary this question. "How does our Congressman ever have time to put his signature on all that?" - He replied, laughing, "I am the one who does the signing."