My 4th grade handwriting teacher was Mrs. Thompson at McGaha Elementary School. She was a dead-ringer for the actress who played the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz, and she was about as mean too! But by golly, she taught us heathen children how to write cursive! We did hours and hours of push-pulls and roundabouts as we learned how to write our English language in beautiful penmanship.
The girls loved it - and we all tried out our fanciest writing in notes that we passed back and forth to each other during classes. The boys - not so much. They did it because they had to, and that was it.
Lately, I have been working on improving my handwriting skills once more. For years I would just slap-dash it out, falling back on printing because it was faster. Then one day I looked at my signature and I could hardly read it!
So I jumped online and looked up some penmanship exercises from "the olden days" and begin to work on my writing. I made myself slow down and take pleasure in writing again. Journaling has helped and keeping a planner has also helped - you have to write neatly to fit your information into those tiny date squares in a planner! It also helps that I'm a pen-fanatic and a stationary junkie! Having something pretty to write on and something pretty to write with makes a big difference!
So, with today being National Handwriting Day, I challenge you to take a few minutes to grab a pen and do some writing! Jot down a grocery list and make it as neat as you can in cursive! (no cheating, printing doesn't count!) Write those Christmas thank you notes - you know you're behind on those! Write a note to your long-lost cousin! Or just spend a little while writing down your thoughts in a beautiful journal! You'll be glad you did!
Happy Handwriting Day!!