Last year when Eva started school, the one thing she was so excited about was finally learning how to write. Despite all of the issues we have had with school, mainly her insistence that she hates it, every day when she comes home she will empty out her book bag and hand over the huge pile of notes she has written for me that day. And whilst I may not keep the huge junk models and the unidentifiable paintings they bring home, when it comes to those notes? I keep every single one.
I think there is something so special about a handwritten note, whether it’s from your child, a partner, a friend. I literally have boxes and boxes of letters and notes stored away at my Mum’s, collected over the years from friends and loved ones.
When my friends and I went away to uni we would send each other the longest, most garbled, letters, usually written after one too many vodkas, detailing every moment of our nights out and latest boyfriends. Every letter is signed off with line after line of kisses and promises to get together soon and now, at thirty seven, I really cherish those letters.
In an age where everything is centred around computers, where messages are sent by email or texts, or replaced with Skype and FaceTime, I think that handwriting is something which is being over looked, and I think that’s a real shame.
I can remember being younger and spending hours practicing my cursive writing, doing actual hand writing lessons in both primary and high school, relishing in a new red handwriting pen or a fountain pen with real cartridges! These days Lewis scrawls in a biro, no real care taken with his writing, no actual technique for letter formation or how to join up. When I ask him why he doesn’t try harder he tells me, “We do all our work on the computer anyway!”.
For that reason I am supporting Uniball’s campaign to share the importance of handwriting. They are really passionate about raising awareness of this and have created a number of free resources for parents, teachers and homeschooler’s to help their children with handwriting.
You can download them via the links below.
I personally will continue to teach my children the importance of handwriting and will cherish every single note that they give me, knowing how every single letter was written with love.
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