The Palmer Method
Yes, I was taught the Palmer Method of cursive writing in school. I went to Catholic school, and if you passed your penmanship test in 4th grade, you were allowed to start writing with a pen. But not just ANY pen…a REAL fountain pen with an ink cartridge. A blue-stained middle finger was the sign that you had finally left your pencil behind (except for math). Ahh…memories:
So…I began to think of how nice it would be to find a font for e-mail that looked like Palmer Method cursive, and I find this article from USA Today (June, 2003!!), about how kids don’t even WANT to learn cursive handwriting, because typing is so much easier. There is speculation that todays kids will never learn the proper way to write in cursive. That’s scary. Can you imagine a love-letter typed, and printed out on a computer? Bullshit, I say.
Beautiful, legible handwriting used to be something to be proud of. They don’t teach Palmer method anymore, although both my kids learned it, thank goodness. Now they teach something called “Italic”, which is basically slanted printing with a few letters connecting.
After I read the article, I stopped looking for the Palmer method font. Why should I? I know the Palmer method. I can WRITE it. It’s beautiful and flowing, and looks like art on the page. And it makes me sad that today’s kids will never know the satisfaction of taking pride in something as simple as a hand-written paragraph, will probably never receive a heartfelt, handwritten love-letter. Something to cherish forever because your lover’s hands had touched the page, emotion being transmitted from pen to paper.
So, I’ve decided to write a lot more letters by hand. That in itself, is a dying art.