I Gave Up Script And Now I Must Rethink It

I never much liked writing in cursive. Mostly I found it made reading, especially others cursive (but at times even my own) difficult. In college I was printing my notes more than writing. Fifteen years ago I bought a book on italic printing to change how I wrote. The only cursive left in my life was my signature. About six years ago I decided that was silly, and it’d be more fun to write the same way when asked to “Print” my name and then “Sign Here” it.

So now comes this article in support of cursive: What’s Lost As Handwriting Fades. One of the things it talks about is how in people with brain issues (injuries, strokes, etc) it’s sometimes the case that they can still do cursive but not print or vice versa. These things are stored differently, much like singing and cursing can survive even when speech can not. I can feel those differences when writing in my journal, verses typing things like this out. I feel more emotionally connected, or that it can change some deep thinking process more. It is this feeling I have that causes me to write by hand my most important letters to those I love.

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