Handwriting heredity! How did I get on this subject? Well, years ago, I decided my handwriting resembled my mother’s. Then, a short time ago, my daughter said to me,
“I write like you do, don’t you think so?” I checked recently, and found that there are differing opinions on the subject of handwriting heredity.
I learned one thing, that, even with handwriting, you must stay in practice. Mine has been becoming much worse lately. I think that is because, today, I lean more toward email. In fact, I never thought I would see the day when I would prefer email to personal notes, but I do! I even bought the newest in pens, the Uniball, and its smooth flow
of ink does help, but there’s no substitute for practice. By the way, my constant use of the computer with its spell checker is not helping my spelling, either. I sometimes type what is close to being correct, and expect the checker to fix it for me. One advantage, though, is that my typing has improved.
These days, children are seldom taught handwriting beyond the third grade. In the 1920’s, because books were printed, there was a trend towards encouraging children to print rather then write. Many people do, but I’ve always thought printing seemed a slow way to write, although I suppose with practice you get faster. Today’s kids text message nearly as much as they talk. We like to blame everything on the arrival of computers but I read that children are growing up as sloppy
writers because no one has forced them to write well. The cursive method of writing can be so beautiful, yet some people have never learned it. The thought did occur to me that how will people learn to sign their names? Will signatures become a thing of the past and we’ll go back to using a thumb print?
Getting back to the subject of heredity in handwriting, such genes, thus far, have not been identified. Getting off track, a bit, there is a “sweet tooth” gene. So if you can’t stay away from chocolate, it may be your mother or father’s fault. The mix of genes we possess, is determined by our parentage which makes us uniquely individual. Think of it this way, we have half our father’s and half our mother’s genes and these are shuffled in different combinations. Some believe because of a person’s anatomy there may be similarities between the handwriting of a parent and their child. For instance, the reason could be a person’s bone structure, hand-eye coordination, mental ability in learning proper penmanship, and other characteristics that are inherited. However, most people believe that as we grow up, we subconsciously copy our parents’
handwriting. That simplifies the matter, doesn’t it? I was ready to accept this theory until I read about a woman who always thought that her handwriting was pretty similar to her mom’s, then she came across writings by her grandfather and found it to be astonishingly similar to hers. He was her dad’s dad, not her mom’s dad, and she had no memories of ever watching him write or looking at anything he wrote. Now I wonder if handwriting heredity, if there is such a thing, skips a generation?
Pretty crazy, isn’t it! I’m sorry to let the subject hanging like this. And besides, you may be in a family where every member writes differently. We are safe, though, in encouraging one another to practice penmanship because receiving a legible, hand addressed, hand written letter in the mail is a heartwarming experience. What are your thoughts on the subject, who’s handwriting does yours resemble? I’d love to hear from you. Click on the headline of this column, then scroll down through it, and through the comments, too, then you’ll find a box where you may type your thoughts.