Can't I Just Email You A Handwritten Note?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate

Cursive WritingWho doesn’t love receiving a handwritten note or card?

Whether it's for a birthday, or a 'thank you' for a gift or job well done, I try to send out handwritten notes and cards whenever I can.  There's something about using a real pen, with real ink, and signing a card or note with a real signature.  Besides, I guess I'm just an old-fashioned gal about certain things.  So, why is the art of handwritten notes in danger of going out of style for good?

Recently, I read about the current debate over the possible widespread elimination of cursive handwriting classes.

Viewed as antiquated and past its prime, the fate of cursive handwriting classes is up for grabs.  Although a few states have either preserved the classes as a requirement or designated them as optional, a majority of states are contemplating the removal of these classes from prospective 2014 national education curriculum guidelines.

Hooray!  A job for Senior Citizens that doesn't require greeting customers at the door while wearing a bright orange vest.

Cursive Handwriting Interpreter.  Hey, necessity is the mother of invention and this could conceivably become a viable job title of the future!  Think about it.  Years from now, someone goes up into the attic and finds a box of old letters written by family members from earlier generations?  Or, someone visits a museum and glances through the protective glass at historically significant documents created by our forefathers with a quill pen and inkwell.  Rent-A-Cursive-Handwriting-Interpreter-Franchise anyone?

The truth is:  Block letters make my thank you notes look more like ransom notes.

Honestly, I don't feel comfortable writing personal notes in all block letters.  Something seems inherently wrong and quite frankly, my personal notes appear to look more like something right out of a CSI episode.  Don't get me wrong - I embrace technology just as much as the next girl.  But, you certainly wouldn't send an email in all block letters either, would you? 

Proponents for the abolishment of cursive handwriting classes suggest that the only practical reason to learn cursive handwriting is to create a unique signature.

Seriously?  Wiping out cursive handwriting education except for the purpose of signature building?  Everyone knows that an "X" is a perfectly legal signature in most cases anyway.  Why bother? 

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Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Jared & Amanda:  I love the ease and convenience of technology too!  But, does that mean we have to eliminate everything else?  P.S.  I've received correspondence that looks like it was sent to me by a close personal friend too ... not!  Used to be easier to detect junk mail :)

Lenn:  Thank You! :)

Gary:  And, in most cases, it's perfectly legal too!

Grant:  Yes, we should still know how to communicate without technology ... with or without power :)

Edward:  Sadly, the United States Post Office would agree!

Barbara:  I guess optional is better than abolished, yes?

Liz:  That's neat!  And yes, everyone loves getting a handwritten note ... me included!

Michael:  Unfortunately, maybe sooner than fifty years ....

Paula:  In many ways, I am a self-professed, old-fashioned girl too :)

Ed:  Exactly!  Why does technology and progress have to mean the end of basic fundamentals?

Nov 26, 2012 01:06 AM #55
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Hella:  I know exactly what you mean!  I have a spiral notebook, notepads, and sticky notes all over my desk.  I use them every day to jot down notes, ideas, lists, etc.  I am definitely a list person!   However, I also jot down a lot of information in my smartphone too.  Best of both worlds :)

Richie:  My handwriting is wavy this and that too!  I've been told it means we're creative types? :)

John:  Your Debbie and I have much in common ... I like her :)

Andrew:  Yes, handwriting is personal and unique.  And, it is particularly special to see from friends and loved ones.

Olga:  I bet you have gorgeous handwriting!  Wish I had to take calligraphy classes when I was younger ....

Nov 26, 2012 01:17 AM #56
Dana Hollish Hill
Hollish Hill Group, JPAR Metro Living - Bethesda, MD
REALTOR and Productivity Coach

Cursive has been gone from our school system for some time. My daughters love reading the things I've written in cursive and are trying to learn it on their own. It is so sad that it will eventually die out as a form of writing. Who doesn't love looking back at the old letters from dead relatives? I think we have to keep it alive.

Nov 26, 2012 02:43 AM #57
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Carie- I like writing and receiving handwritten notes and won't stop no matter what the others are doing..guess I'm old-fashioned but I prefer it that way.

Nov 26, 2012 04:00 AM #58
Brian Rugg
Rugg Realty LLC Sun City Texas 512-818-6700 - Georgetown, TX
Sun City TX Real Estate - Georgetown, TX Real Est

Hello Carie:


I couldn't agree more.  My problem is that when i make this argument I get the "old fuddyduddy"  look from family & friends.

Nov 26, 2012 04:04 AM #59
Lynn B. Friedman
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty Call/Text 404-939-2727 Buckhead - Midtown - Westside -- and more ... - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Carie,

I remember making rows and rows and rows and rows and rows of looping circles in Mrs. Gilly's Third grade class. Can't say I ejoyed it but everyone says I have beautiful penmanship. So - guess those rows of loops were worth something after all.

Have a happy day -


Nov 26, 2012 05:26 AM #60
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Carie, they are doing away with cursive handwriting in Florida classrooms. I think people will still have unique signatures, and my handwriting is a combination of cursive and print - maybe there will be a new version of cursive that will evolve virally when kids realize sometimes it's faster and easier to string letters together? But I do think it's sad to lose it.


Nov 26, 2012 05:36 AM #61
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Dana:  Good for your daughters that they are learning on their own.  And, you're right ... there's nothing like reading old letters from relatives!

Beth:  Right On!  I'm old fashioned too and I won't stop either!

Rugg:  Well, if you're an old fuddy duddy, then I guess that makes me an old fuddy duddy too :)  That's okay with me!

Lynn:  Yes, the loops ... I remember them well!  And, thanks for the email.  I'm usually pretty accurate except when my fingers are typing too fast for my brain :)

Sharon:  A hybrid version of handwriting?  Could be!  And, I agree with you ... I think it's sad to lose cursive writing too!

Nov 26, 2012 08:15 AM #62
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Entertaining post Carie, I am surprised to hear of the demise of the cursive word.  Most people would prefer that I typed everything, yet I keep bringing cursive notes home for my secretary, wife and others to try to decipher.

Nov 26, 2012 10:03 AM #63
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
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Carie:  Will definitely try to remember to do so! 


Nov 26, 2012 12:23 PM #64
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Carie:  Actually, I think problems like cursive no longer being taught are more likely to occur as local school boards take more control over their schools, and get away from the traditional kinds of learning that so many of the rest of us found so useful.

Nov 26, 2012 12:34 PM #65
Mary Stewart
HomeTrust Real Estate, LLC, Homes for Everyone - Wilsonville, OR
Wilsonville and Surrounding Portland Metro Areas

I am a huge proponent of "cursive" handwriting.  I have just finished writing my Christmas Cards and I did them with my very favorite fountain pen, a Waterman that I have had for over 20 + years.  My penmanship is so much better when I write with this pen, like magic.  Our society has lost a part of communication that I think is quite sad.  All of the acronyms people use (I have a texting dictionary) is a shame as well.  A lazy way to make a point in my opinion.  When I was in college and studying kinesology I had an instructor that thought it was such a good idea to categorize everything with acronyms, such as Tom Dick and Harry for certain muscles in the lower leg.  I had to ask him to please teach and test on the "real names" of the muscles instead of these foolish (in my opinion) names that I would surely never remember.  Just my opinion but young people these days do not know how to write real letters or notes with some exceptions of course.  Nice Post, thanks. 

Nov 27, 2012 07:37 AM #66
Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

My grandmother wrote in "Spencerian Script". It was more Art than writing.

I agree with you, Carie. Let's not give up Cursive handwriting!

Nov 28, 2012 11:06 PM #67
Glenn Freezman
Family Abstract, Inc. - Horsham, PA

When i happen upon one of my mothers letters (she has been dead for 22 years) I still get a chill because like a fingerprint it is identifiable at once.  Cursive writing will be remembered in the same vane as hieroglyphics, such a shame.  It seems to me, we tried this once before.  I think I see an S, L and T

Nov 29, 2012 04:59 AM #68
Cooper Jacobs
Looking For A Seattle Realtor? COOPERJACOBS.COM - Seattle, WA
Real Estate Brokers - Seattle

We appreciate you inspiring us to revisit what's becoming a lost craft. Keep on writing. Thank you!

Nov 29, 2012 11:36 PM #69
Carie Shapiro
North Shore Suburbs & Chicago Real Estate - Evanston, IL

Bob:  Many people have cursive writing that needs to be deciphered :)  Nevertheless, I don't want to see it go away!

Gene:  That would be great!

Karen Anne:  Yes, you could be right.  My question is, what's wrong with traditional learning?  To me, certain basic, fundamental topics never go out of style!  But, I don't make the rules.

Mary:  Thanks for sharing the story about your Christmas cards.  I agree ... there is something about using certain writing utensils that just feels like 'magic' to me too!

Fred:  Wow ... I bet your grandmother had beautiful handwriting!  Very nice.

Glenn:  When I find an old letter written by my grandmother, I feel very much the same way as you.  Unique and instantly identifiable.  Thanks for the graphic, too :)

CJ:  Thanks!  I'm hoping it won't become completely lost!

Nov 29, 2012 11:53 PM #70
Marshall Enterprises
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
Antiques, Lawn Care, and Trashouts

Carrie, it seems rather redundant to add to a post that already has 70 responses.  But, i want to add my two cents anyway.  People love my cursive handwriting, and, for a guy, that says something. 

BOO! to the people who want to eliminate it....I could go on, but it's late.

Nov 30, 2012 10:21 AM #71
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hi Carie~ Good thing this post was reblogged! I missed it the first time around!  I love to send and receive hand written notes.  I print.  I never like curvsive, but I don't think it should be eliminated from the education of young people.  UGH!

Dec 02, 2012 09:16 AM #72
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Have an outstanding week.  Be sure to have your camera in hand to capture the special moments during the holiday season.

Dec 03, 2012 07:36 PM #73
Atlanta's Home Inspector, David Lelak IHI Home Inspections
IHI Home Inspections 404-788-2581 - Canton, GA
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Our office gal says that her little ones are not learning cursive writing, because it has been determined to no longer be of use according to the school system. This is a true story from the Atlanta area. They are also encouraged to bring technology based tools to class with them as young as 4th grade. They are allowed ipads, tablets, and laptops in the classrooms for classwork. It is sad to think that penmanship is disappearing, but quite frankly, the little one's do not read cards or keep a sentimental attachment to them like we did. This is also sad, but because they communicate much quicker and more often, they do not understand the concept of keeping a letter that came in the mail. A letter that you anxiously waited, because you had not heard from the sender in days, weeks, months, or even years.

Dec 05, 2012 01:05 AM #74
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