24 Jan Happy National Handwriting Day
Today is National Handwriting Day; A chance to take a break from the monotony of computer keys and experience the joy of old school paper and pen. This day coincides with John Hancock’s B’day (“It’s Herbie Hancock.” Tommy Boy, anyone?) who put his signature on a pretty important document back in the day.
Handwriting has always been something I gravitate towards. I love the way letters can morph and come alive on paper. One of my (many) quirks is that I am a huge perfectionist when it comes to my own handwriting. In school I would meticulously write my notes in an ordered fashion, highlight with great care, and use specific pens (Pilot Precise V5 Rolling Balls to be exact) so my notes would look uniform. I absolutely hated when I would have to cross something out. If said crossing had to occur (gasp), I would come home that night and rewrite my notes. Totally normal. I wish I could say I’ve grown out of that phase, but I haven’t. I still only like to write with certain pens (Papermate Flairs), hate poor handwriting, and cringe at the thought of crossing anything out.
At this point in my life, I’ve succumbed to the fact that these things won’t change, so I will continue my pursuit and obsession of lovely letters. I asked my cute, red-haired freckled Santa, also known as Mom, for an I Still Love Calligraphy kit for Christmas. It includes all the tools needed for Melissa Esplin’s online course.
My only attempt at calligraphy up to this point was a Sheaffer Classic Calligraphy kit I found at Michaels. It came with 3 nibs, 14 ink cartriges, and 3 comfort grip pens. They are all still in the box, without being touched, so I guess technically that doesn’t qualify.
Melissa’s class is the real deal. She has already taught 1,400 students the art of calligraphy and I can’t wait to be her 1,401th student. I have no doubt she will reinforce my already established love for beautiful handwriting and hopefully help me realize that crossing out is ok. Baby steps.