By Mary Ellen Shaw
For most of us writing commenced when we uncovered to print our names. Once in a while, letters of the alphabet got printed backwards in the process but at some point we bought it proper.
Faculty classrooms experienced alphabet charts on the wall experiencing the pupils. Printed letters were in one row with the matching cursive letters specifically previously mentioned them. That arrangement assisted as we acquired to make the changeover. The cursive strategy utilised at Christ the King College in the 50s was termed the “Palmer Method.” Letters had been shaped using rhythmic motions with no your pen becoming elevated off the paper.
So what were some of the good reasons for taking “pen in hand” back again in the day? In elementary faculty quite a few learners had pen friends. Mine was from Ireland and we wrote about our colleges, our household and good friends and what we liked to do for pleasurable. Due to the fact there had been no texts or emails the spotlight of our day was to go residence and locate a piece of mail resolved to us from our pen pal.
For youthful girls writing in a diary was a each day celebration. I don’t forget getting 1 for Xmas with a pink vinyl deal with. There was a picture on the front of a teenage female conversing on her landline cell phone. She wore a full skirt with a poodle on it. We wrote in our diaries each individual day telling what we did, who our boyfriend was and at periods we complained about guidelines we had to observe. The diaries arrived with a vital and what youthful female does not want privateness as she navigates the developing years?
Creating moved to yet another stage when we received into substantial university and had to take notes in course. That was just a precursor to sitting down in higher education lessons and acquiring far more considerable and sophisticated notes to just take. Luckily, Mount St. Joseph Academy geared up us by presenting a class for university sure college students. We learned shorthand symbols for the most frequent phrases. That proved to be extremely valuable when using notes.
Early in the summertime just before we entered faculty we had been sent the name and tackle of our long term roommate. It was recommended that we fall a be aware to that human being and introduce ourselves and share some of our pursuits. That way we would not be strangers when we achieved. I understood my roommate and I were very little alike when I go through that she experienced just received a beauty contest and was headed to Bermuda. The two of us managed to endure one year collectively because the nuns at Trinity Higher education would not allow learners make a transform. To estimate the dean, “It builds character!”
From childhood into my adult years a hand composed thank-you be aware is some thing I have often sent. For me having the time to do that reveals your appreciation considerably additional than sending a textual content or e mail. Moreover, it’s fun to shop for a rather notice card to generate on.
Hand published recipe cards are a superb way to link the merchandise you are cooking or baking to the human being who shared their recipe with you. I have two recipe books whole of playing cards that had been provided to me about the several years by relatives and mates. Most of them have a line that says, “From the Kitchen of…” I am reminded of that man or woman each time I use their recipe. Directions printed off the computer system will by no means have that individual contact. It’s been ages considering that anyone gave me a recipe card and I skip it!
I was pleasantly surprised when I examine an article stating that 1 way to brighten someone’s day all through the ongoing pandemic is to ship them a handwritten be aware. I was on the acquiring close of a person a number of months back from a woman I have only occur in get in touch with with a couple of times. She desired to explain to me that she loved my columns, especially the one particular about guides. Apparently reading has been a source of delight for both of us from our childhood times to the existing. Thank you, Patty, for brightening my working day!
So how about “taking pen in hand” and dropping a note to anyone? It will definitely brighten their day!