National Handwriting Day

Lefty Graves
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January 23, 2023, is National Handwriting Day. Thanks to modern technology, handwriting has become a thing of the past. However, today is set aside to resurrect handwriting and spend a few minutes treasuring memories.

Years ago, it was special to receive a handwritten letter in the mail; it was also the most common form of communication. Grandparents would send sweet notes to their grandchildren, and grandchildren would reciprocate with a sweet note or drawing for their grandparents.

Schoolchildren were taught handwriting with great care given to neatness and the formation of letters. By the early 1990s, many schoolchildren no longer had to learn handwriting in class, and today, because of that oversight, some of these adults aren’t able to read cursive writing, let alone write in cursive.

Handwriting is a powerful tool; more than one handwriting expert has been called into a courtroom to analyze handwriting. Handwriting can denote worry, fear, anger, or even a calm demeanor. It’s amazing that handwriting can reveal so many details about a person. It’s almost like a fingerprint.

Thanks to modern technology, handwriting has gone by the wayside. Technology has sped up the process of communication, making it easier than ever to communicate. Businesses and the average person, all use technology and computers or occasionally a typewriter to relay information to others.

Even journaling has become something done on the computer, and it’s rare to find someone who keeps a handwritten journal along with doodles in the corners and perhaps a few slips of paper to remember something.

Many people loved the tactile sensation of handwriting. The feel of the pen in hand, the paper's texture, and the ink's smell. It forced a person to slow down and enjoy life just a bit more. Great care was taken in the words that were used and even the penmanship.

Today, with modern technology, notes and letters are frequently left feeling flat of emotion, and they often lead someone to wonder what the actual intent of the writer is. Sometimes, a simple message may appear to be emotionless, or worse; it may be taken out of context.

How to celebrate and observe National Handwriting Day

Perhaps you’re out of practice when it comes to handwriting. Perhaps you went to school after handwriting was taught, and you’re unsure of how to write in cursive handwriting. Regardless, here are a few ways that you can celebrate and observe National Handwriting Day.

  • Start your own handwritten journal.
  • Send a handwritten letter, card, or note to a loved one.
  • Write out a short poem or story.
  • Write out a grocery list.
  • Write out a to-do list.
  • Learn calligraphy.
  • Leave someone a note.
  • Use some sticky notes and leave a note for someone on their desk or phone.
  • Write a check when you pay for your purchases.
  • Leave your waiter or waitress a tip and a thank you note.

Remember, the best way to improve your handwriting is to practice. The more you practice, the more it improves.

Be sure to share: #NationalHandwritingDay how you celebrated and observed National Handwriting Day, and don’t forget to share with us in the comments section.


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Lefty has been writing online since 2000 on various topics, including youth mentoring, addiction recovery, parenting, gardening, advocating for seniors, sustainability, farming, and an eclectic mix of other topics. She resides on a farm with her family in Northeastern Washington state.

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