Custom Cards & Cursive Writing

***This post was originally published in 2014**

Hello Dear Friends!

My posts have not been as consistent these last few weeks, but I have been reading what most of you have been posting! We all know how much time it takes to prepare our blogs and it seems that recently other projects have kept me away from my blog. I miss posting and hearing from my readers, so my goal is to get back into my routine of posting once a week! I also post some fun items and share what other creative people are doing on my HorseMark Cards facebook page, which I hope you will visit soon! Now, on to my blog!

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a customer asking me if I could personalize a card she found on my website. Of course I said Yes! She composed a personal message and asked that I ‘write’ it on the inside of a card and mail it for her. I was happy to do this, but when I sat down to write the message, a thought occurred to me…does the person know how to read cursive?

Since I had no idea of the age of the person or where he was educated, I did not know if he was taught cursive writing. In the end, I printed the message on the card.

personalized, custom card

It was a beautiful message of love, and I believe the romantic style of cursive would have been more appropriate for the lovely message. I felt it inappropriate to ask if they knew cursive, but now I feel that I should have been more specific on the style of writing I used. The customer was extremely satisfied with the card and the printing looked very nice.

This experience prompted me to think about current views on cursive handwriting. I know many schools are no longer teaching cursive to our youngsters, and many more school districts across the USA are considering deleting this class. Many people think it is not relevant today, given that keyboards have taken over our writing tasks. However, there are also many people that think learning and writing in cursive is a positive learning experience. Cory Turner wrote an interesting article on this for nprED that is worth reading.

This experience got me to thinking if other languages and countries still use cursive. I knew Mr. Google would know, so I did a bit of research for my own curiosity. Many other countries still use cursive and I found it very interesting when I began my research. I did find some articles that have been written recently. Lisa van de Geyn wrote an interesting article for Today’s Parent. Another article I found was written by Katherine Collmer.

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I do believe cursive should be taught and used in our world today. There are a variety of reasons that are mentioned in the above articles and I do believe we can keep skills from the past and incorporate them with our current technology. Moving forward doesn’t always mean that we need to replace skills, we can just add new skills!

When I began this blog over two years ago, I knew I wanted to have it be a ‘Creative’ blog. So, talking about cursive writing fits right in. After all, it is a very creative skill!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit today. Your comments are always appreciated. Wishing you all a wonderful, creative day!

~~ Vickie ~~


10 thoughts on “Custom Cards & Cursive Writing

  1. Maria Rodriguez.

    Hello Vickie: Well, sadly now a days, people don’t reach for pen and paper to write messages, they reach for their I-Pods or Smart Phones or simply, the key board on their computers and lap tops. The art of writing, (and IT IS AN ART) is being lost on the new generations. When I was in grade school a long time ago, (I’m 63 y/o now), we had a penmanship class, later when I was in Junior High and High School, we did have a type writer but we still had to do our homework with pen and paper actually writing on it.
    I have to confess that sometimes, when I’m writing a note to my card swapping friends with the list of stamps and tools I used to make that card, I do resort to the computer and printer to write the 10 notes to them, I have found out that over the years, my hand writing has kind of deteriorated a bit and I want them to understand what I’m writing but when I make my Holiday cards, (over 50 for each Holiday) I hand write a message on each and every one of them, there is something warm and beautiful and touching to give and receive a hand written message of love and good wishes.
    Thank you for reaching out to us with this subject, I hope kids now a days don’t forget to pick up pretty stationary and a pen and write a short note to family and friends, it’s ever so much personal than a text message.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Maria Rodriguez, from Crown Point, IN.

    1. Maria, I totally agree with you about handwritten messages. I am near your age and remember being taught penmanship in school too! How nice that you include a handwritten message on your Holiday cards, I do the same. We receive holiday cards with family pictures on them, and no written signature, let alone a short message. Since I am an optomist, I want to believe cursive will not be totally forgotton. At the very least, people should write a message when they send a thank you card in the mail. I appreciate you stopping by my blog and leaving such wonderful comments.
      Enjoy your day!

    1. I am glad you could read my writing! I must admit, I had to practice a bit to make it look neater, I tend to write quickly and sometimes it can be a bit sloppy if I am writing for my personal use. I guess I should remember what I was taught in my penmanship class in school years ago! LOL Have a wonderful day!

  2. Time is always a problem but the reality is the only way kids are going to keep or get the hand written note habit going is with the direction of the parent. It only takes a few mins but preparation is the key. We have a stationary drawer which I try (try) to keep stocked so my son can do his handwritten notes with minimum of fuss or time. He struggled with legible handwriting but with a bit of after school help from me, his writing is quite good now. We did dictation of sentences such as “home work is awful” and “pirates never have to do homework” 😀

    1. How wonderful that you worked with your son on his writing (with fun sentences) and keep pens and paper in a convenient location. I agree that our kids need encouragement to write notes, hopefully they will pass that along to their children.
      I appreciate you taking the time to leave a wonderful comment. Enjoy your creative day with your needles and yarns!

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