My grandmother recalls how her father, when preparing to write, would hover over the paper, pen in hand, and circle a few times, as if winding up for the task before him. The mere thought makes us chuckle, yet it proves his dedication to the craft.
Here in the United States we tend toward nothing of the sort. Penmanship? Meh. Most schools no longer bother with penmanship–they’re much too busy trying to corral text abbreviations.
We call it keeping with the times.
It’s certainly something.
Thankfully, not everyone has given up on proper penmanship. There remain those who realize it’s far more than learning to write by hand–it’s everything that goes into understanding the art form. After all, mastery of such requires study and patience, dedication and practice–the very things that produce a strong character.
And that, my friends, is always worth the effort.