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Hat Tips: Cursive Writing

Hello, I know some of my readers are suffering through the same thing I am.  I am starting to forget stuff.  I used to forget simple things.  Things like ‘take the garbage out” or “swing by and pick up a gallon of milk”.  But now it has been getting worse.

DEAN MEYER
Guest Columnist

I’ve always been poor at names.  I just nod and say “Hi”.  Especially if you run into someone who shouldn’t be there.  Like if you see someone from Bismarck at the grocery store, or maybe a bar, in Dickinson.

But lately it has been getting worse.

I forgot how to write.  I can still type a little.  And I can print a little.  But I forgot how to write cursive.  It just snuck up on me!  And it hurt.  It really hurt.

The news has carried a few stories about cursive writing lately.  Some schools have quit teaching cursive writing.  That bothered me.  I never was a very good writer.  My handwriting always sucked.  But I tried.  And over the past fifty years I haven’t written much.  Oh, I wrote a few love letters to Shirley when I was in Fort Leonardwood.  Well, a couple letters anyway.  But since then the only handwriting I have done was most likely on check blanks.  So my bad handwriting has turned into poor printing.

Last week I was at the feed store and I was going to write a check for a ton of calf feed.  And I had secretly decided I would rebel and start writing cursive.  But I couldn’t write an F!  My mind was blank!  I didn’t know F!

I stared at that check blank and a tear came to my eye.  “I don’t know F”!   The young lady looked at me strangely as I explained that they are not going to teach cursive writing anymore.  And I can’t remember how to write the capital letter F.  I challenged her to write it.  She also struggled.

So I googled it.  And in a few minutes I could kind of write it.

I went out to my pickup.  The feed was loaded.  I backed up, made a sharp left, and while writing the letter F in the dust on the dash of my pickup, I drove over 6 continuous fence panels that were stacked alongside where I had been parked.  They cost about two hundred dollars apiece.

I paid for them with a check.  And I printed it out.

Cursive writing is too expensive.

Later, Dean

Dean Meyer is an area rancher and former North Dakota State Senator. His ‘Hat Tips’ column can be found in papers all across the state.

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