Dear cursive handwriting (w/ pdf)

We're sorry to learn you're ailing and unlikely to recover. We've been hearing about your demise for years, of course, but the latest news hits close to home.

Last month, The Associated Press reported that on college campuses in Oregon you're considered near extinction -- another victim of the digital age.

The end may be inevitable but heartbreaking nonetheless.

The keyboard has its uses but lacks your charm. And forget about romance. Instead of love letters, we now have sexting. Trying leaving that in a shoebox for posterity to find.

Replacing the word love with a heart-shaped zapf dingbats character isn't our only concern. There is no end to the list of correspondence that's enriched by your fluid curves and intrinsic humanity.

Thank you notes, birthday greetings and letters from grandma come immediately to mind. And our sympathies to any serviceman or woman who's been e-mailed a Dear John or Dear Jane letter.

You not only represent a direct connection between heart and hand and mind, but also a link to our past.

Many Americans may not know who Jacob Shallus was, but few would fail to immediately recognize his work.

Three words he penned in dramatic, oversized script comprise what's probably the most widely recognized handwriting sample in America, if not the world.

Imagine the first three words in the Preamble to the Constitution in helvetica instead of Shallus' handwriting.

We'd still celebrate the notion behind "We the People," but we wouldn't hang replicas of the original in our dens.

Cursive, the world won't be the same without you.


The Tri-City Herald