National Handwriting Day

Last week, daughter and I were fighting a wicked cold, so I was remiss in posting about National Handwriting Day, 23 January. When was the last time you received a handwritten letter from friend or family?

Handwriting allows us to be artists and individuals during a time when we often use computers, faxes and e-mail to communicate. Fonts are the same no matter what computer you use or how you use it. Fonts lack a personal touch. Handwriting can add intimacy to a letter and reveal details about the writer’s personality. Throughout history, handwritten documents have sparked love affairs, started wars, established peace, freed slaves, created movements and declared independence.

"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," said Robert B. Waller Jr., WIMA’s executive director.

In honor of National Handwriting Day, I have dropped a letter to some of my pals — Kami, Ike, Geoff and Karen. Also, I sent a handwritten card to Lindsay Olson sending her good luck and congratulations for upcoming wedding. Perhaps it is time you take a time out and give thanks.

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  • Kami Huyse

    I did this for my New Year’s Cards this year. I am now anxiously awaiting your note in the mail. How fun.

  • Karen Russell

    I’m getting real mail!?! I can’t wait to make the daily trek to my mailbox. :-)

  • Lauren Vargas

    Kami, your card and the January Simple Scrapbooks Magazine inspired me!

  • Nancy Vargas

    How about sending a letter to your parents?