I want to quickly acknowledge Pearl Harbor Day and thank our wonderful Veterans of WWII for their service. Since I wrote about it last year, this year’s post will be about a different subject, but ironically, I will talk about my mother and her beautiful handwriting in the 1940’s.
My handwriting will never come close to the work of art that mama’s was. As I read through the letters she wrote to my daddy while he was serving in the Navy, I can only close my eyes and imagine her sitting at her roll-top desk thinking about the man she loved and smiling as she wrote. I don’t handle those letters much anymore as I’m afraid they will begin to crumble. I know what is in them though and they are precious to me.
Today is WRITE A LETTER DAY. We have all gotten so spoiled by the ease with which we can communicate electronically. In moments we can shoot an email or send a text. The sheer convenience is astounding – who would NOT get hooked on it? Well, my mom was never tempted by computers. At 82 years old, she summed up her feelings about computers:
I’ll never own one of those machines. They will eliminate all common courtesies in life, such as a hand-written thank you note, a well thought out love letter, or the precious keepsake that is a hand-written recipe card for your mother’s favorite casserole. – Betty Joe Turner
She meant what she said. Maybe I’m biased (ya think?), but I think she’s right. We have lost some common courtesies along the way. I was thinking about the last note I sent – it was a get-well note to my best friend. I could have whipped out a Hallmark greeting card on my computer, but I just felt led to make it a hand-written note. There’s something about a person making it their own, with their own handwriting. It means more.
So today, think about a letter you could, or should write. There’s no better time than now to sit down at your desk with a pen (make sure it works), stationery and a cup of coffee to keep your brain firing as you write!
If you can’t think of anyone to write to, may I suggest that you pray about it. God will surely bring a friend or loved one to your remembrance. There’s probably somebody who needs to hear from you today. Of course, if you mail that letter, they won’t hear from you today – but you know what I mean.
Remember all the little things you learned back in handwriting class (or maybe they don’t teach it anymore) – elbow on the desk, paper slanted and hold the pen loosely so you don’t get writer’s cramps. Don’t just write with your fingers – use your whole arm. If you use the proper technique, you won’t get so tired.
I’ll never have the handwriting my mama had – it was really cursive – like drawing on paper. I have a sort of write some and print some type of deal going on. LOL! But I keep practicing and trying to write like mama did. ❤
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