When I was in the early grades in the Houston public schools, we learned penmanship. At the time, we dipped our quill pens into an inkwell. It was messy, at least for me. At some point we switched to pens that had ink reserves, and you filled them up and wrote with ink. That was better than dipping the quill.

Then a new writing technology came along, called the “ballpoint pen.” No messy inkwells or ink bottles. You just wrote until they were dry, and then you threw them out. The ballpoint pen was a nightmare for me because I am left-handed and all the desks in my classrooms were meant for people who wrote with their right hand. That meant that as I wrote, I smudged my hand across what I had just written. Not only was the writing smudged, but the fingers on my left hand were always ink-stained.

We were taught the Palmer Method of writing. We made big circles, again and again. We were supposed to make round, beautiful letters.

That never worked for me. My handwriting was atrocious. As I have gotten older, it has gotten worse.

Be all that as it may, it turns out that writing by hand is good for you!

It is supposedly good for your brain and your emotions.

I suppose that may be true for many people but not for me.

My handwriting is close to illegible.

I bless the day in 1983 or 1984 that I started using a computer, a TRS-80 (Trash-80) that was prone to frequent breakdowns and crashes.

The computer broke down so frequently that I bought a second one so that one would be available when the other was in the repair shop.

At last, I could write almost as fast as I could think.

I had many misadventures with my TRS-80, but no one had to puzzle over what I was trying to say.

So, yes, do revive handwriting. Everyone should have a signature. Everyone should know how to read and write script.

But I will stick with my computer for the sake of legibility.