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The Art Of Writing

February 1, 2019
By Jane Whitmore , Emmetsburg News

Whenever I see a signature written in cursive, I wonder about our younger generation. How many of them can write in cursive? The number is dwindling.

This summer our Red Hat ladies spent an afternoon at the old country school at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds. Arlet Johnson was the teacher and each of us was given a writing assignment. On wide ruled paper, we wrote OOOOO the width of the page. Then we wrote a sentence, in our best cursive. All of our ladies are of an age that learned cursive in school.

Both of my parents' writing was beautiful. My mother wrote with peacock blue ink in her fountain pen. My father's penmanship was as nice as my mother's. We have letters he wrote home from Europe where he served during World War II.

My sister and I have very similar penmanship. Together, we wrote a letter to our mother. She would write one paragraph and I would write the next. Our penmanship was so similar, even Mother couldn't tell one from the other.

All of this comes to mind because I received a news release for the Cursive is Cool Handwriting Contest. The contest is under the American Handwriting Analysis Foundation, and the contest was launched on National Handwriting Day. It appears that Jan. 23 is the date associated with the birth of John Hancock, so National Handwriting Day is celebrated around the world on that day.

Here's a heartwarming sentence from the press release: Cursive writing continues to enjoy increased appreciation in the United States and around the world.

My heart is heavy very time I think about our young students not learning to write in cursive. We know not everyone has beautiful script, and we also know not everyone prints with a flair. It just seems that we are taking the personality out of communicating on a hand-written page. I?treasure every hand written note I receive - even though they are few and far between. It seems to be so much easier to text.

Campaign for Cursive(R) contest is designed for students in first through sixth grades. They have the chance to test their cursive skills, as well as their creativity, in the contest. The winners receive medals and certificates, and also "fun new writing instruments and accessories."?I?wonder what those could be. Maybe a "retro" fountain pen?



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