Wednesday, February 4, 2015

National Handwriting Day: My Experience

Once upon a time the members of the Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association realized that their sales are going down with incredible speed and decided to create a new holiday – National Handwriting Day. This holiday takes place on January 23 and its idea is very simple – to use the opportunity and to practice your handwriting. WIMA’s Executive Director David H. Baker even supported this idea with the following words: "Though computers and e-mail play an important role in our lives, nothing will ever replace the sincerity and individualism expressed through the handwritten word".

Inspired by Baker, I decided to remember the power and poetry of handwriting and tried to rewrite one of my orders on the paper. It wasn’t too big, 2,5 pages essay written in 12-point Times New Roman font. I thought the whole work would only take half an hour from me.

What about no?
In the dreams of my childhood I always imagined that I would have been a scribe in the Middle Ages. Now I realize I would not.
It took me one and a half hour to finish writing down this horrible essay. And I will not even post a photo of what I managed to get at the end of my experiment. Okay, my handwriting was not too good when I was a schoolgirl, but now it became plain awful. It is so bad that now I seriously think I should have become a doctor (only they manage to write down English words with symbols that slightly resemble the ones from the Arabic language). And just to imagine that some teachers still require handwritten assignments from their students! Pure torture if you ask me.
Honestly, I love my job as an academic writer, but if I had to use pen instead of my laptop in order to write every single order, it would be the end of my career. God bless the person who invented computers!