In a comment to my previous post, Ash asked me to write down my list! Write, the old fashioned way? Goodness! It has been so long that I have written anything more than my name – while signing it that too, I get horrified if I have to write anything!
I remember taking up some certification in 2002. It was just 3-4 years since I graduated, but I had already forgotten how to write. While studying for the certification, I never practised writing. On the day of the exam, I struggled. It was one thing knowing the answers, writing them down, was just another story! My fingers ached at the end of the exam – I had totally lost practice with writing on paper. The next time I took a certification, I checked first if it was a written paper- there was no way, I was going through that ordeal again. I can study, prepare, stay up nights, wake up early, everything but write another exam!
I used to envy people who come to supermarkets armed with handwritten lists. I find it so cute! Once I found an abandoned list in a shopping trolley. I stood there admiring the handwriting. Gorgeously formed letters, lovely words – almost felt like an ancient, forgotten art. In my previous house, we had a nice board in the kitchen, where we could pin up shopping lists. I always planned to do that, but ended up making lists on my phone in the end, after forgetting to take those lists when I stepped out. At least with my phone, the list is sure to be taken with me. Also it is much easier to use.
So it was after years- 12-13 years of only signing my name, or at the max, filling up forms in capital letters, or signing a card, with a few words, that I realized that I would have to learn to write again. Thanks to daughter. Try as I might to avoid writing, I would still have to write sometime. Sigh! And to add to that, I am used to writing in cursive, while daughter’s school still teaches the other style. So now, I have to learn to write letters without joining them! Can you even imagine it? And when I do write, I realize that daughter has far better handwriting than I do! How on earth can I ask her to work on her handwriting when mine is a scrawl! There was a year, I think it was when she was 3 and in nursery, when I had to write out 35 or so Christmas cards – not easy! Thankfully now she is old enough to write them, so that is one piece of writing I don’t need to do. At least the rest of the mums will not figure out that I am the mum with the worst handwriting!
So maybe, Ash’s suggestion, is after all, a good one.. Writing down lists might actually give me handwriting practice Or better still, maybe I should borrow a few of daughter’s handwriting practice books and work on them. And maybe give myself a nice sticker for completing it too