“My pencil is my friend. Our letters curl and bend, And when ideas refuse to come I chew the other end.”
In Praise of Handwriting, by Julia Donaldson
I love to write. Banging things out on a computer keyboard is all well and good, and the only way to blog but there is still definitely a place for handwriting in my life. As Piran and Kate learn to write I am amazed by how tricky it is. I don’t remember that part of my life at all it is like I have always been able to write (except the fact that at some point in my Primary School I was allowed to progress from using a pencil to a blue handwriting pen). It does take years however, and with learning to write is learning to read and spell, such a lot for little people to master. Mind boggling really when you think about it. And once they get going they then need to learn to write cursively. This afternoon I have been reading about cursive writing and its benefits. Completely fascinating.
As it is National Handwriting Day today I am going to keep this post short and go and write and send a couple of cards. I still have to finish my thank you cards from Christmas, and I am not having a very good week so maybe a letter to a friend pouring out all my woes will make me feel better. I used to keep a journal but my blog replaced that really.
This week I have been playing around with the Inkly App – it allows you to personalised and send postcards and cards for all occasions. You can use your own photos or existing designs. The best part is that you can personalise it with your own handwriting by writing a message, taking a picture and uploading the text. I love this idea and think it will make it much more personal. I have created and sent a couple of cards this week, a lovely thank you card to my parents with a picture of the children playing with their Christmas present and one to myself. Sadly it has not arrived yet, so I will have to show you another day.
So why don’t you switch off the computer and go and write a message and send it to a friend. I guarantee a handwritten message through the post would make anyone’s day.