When you live for 80 years, you see a multitude of changes around you, and you get used to them.
The impact of computers has created a world that almost constantly offers us new products and new ways of doing things. I thought I had grown to expect a world of constant change and accept it in stride.
However, a recent change in our school curriculum seems almost unbelievable. Our children will no longer be taught cursive writing in school! Huh? Did I hear that right?
Don't we all remember practicing the correct slant, the correct procedures for each letter in the alphabet? In my own case, I can remember having small indentations for ink wells actually built into the desks. (Talk about temptation for young rascallions!) I can well understand why these were eventually eliminated.
When it came time for my own children to use cursive, in general, mastering the technique was not accomplished without a lot of concentrated effort. When my husband and I attended parent night, we discovered our offspring were not at the top of the class when it came to the cursive displays.
Yes, when I think about it, one of my sons never accepted the cursive writing style at all. He was a rebel to the end, and to my dismay, he hand printed his papers until he learned to use the typewriter.
To those of you too young to remember the typewriter, picture a machine with keys and a roller holding paper that received imprints from the keys, a machine that once was found in every office in America. Without much fanfare, eventually the typewriter was relegated to history and replaced with the computer.
Yet the elimination of cursive writing from our schools comes as more of a shock. Perhaps the hand written letter in cursive is prized highly by many of us, including me, and we find it hard to imagine a world without such letters.
Yet the printing is on the wall. It looks like we will eventually say goodbye to cursive...hard to believe.