Monday, January 26, 2009

Informal Poll

I read this article in our paper yesterday about handwriting.  Apparently, kids these days print when they write instead of using cursive.  I used to print everything because my printing is neater than my cursive, but when I read a similar article a few years ago, I started to write in cursive.  I do not want to see this art form fade away.  People write less and less as they type more and more.  Something as simple as good handwriting will be a thing of the past soon, I am afraid.  What about you?  Do you print or use cursive?  This question is part one of my informal poll.

Here is part two:  does gloomy weather get you down?  A few years ago, I thought I was above letting something as simple as the weather affect me.  I learned differently, though.  Cloudy, gloomy days depress me.  I just want to sit and look at the wall.  Of course, with little ones, that is just not an option.  Today is a "nice," gloomy day.  Honestly, I wish the sun would come out.  I love rainy days, but cloudy ones with no rain, well, I can do without those.  Am I alone, or do cloudy days affect you, too?

I also want to give a shout out to my friend Mykidsmom who is giving away a lovely book about Anne of Green Gables.  You can check it out here.

Oh, and one more thing:  am I the only one who is bothered by having a tax cheat as our Secretary of Treasury?


MyKidsMom said...

I used to win the yearly penmanship award given away at our school:) NOT that I'm trying to toot my own horn or anything,lol. It just comes naturally to some people. I've had to really work with my oldest child, but he has greatly improved. I think it's a sad thing that less emphasis is being placed on handwriting period. If someone prefers to print versus cursive, I don't have a problem with that. But I think our kids need to at least learn how to write correctly. And you still have to sign your name that way on some documents.

I used to really struggle during our long rainy season here. I guess I've gotten used to it somewhat, although I still manage to grumble when it delays my putting in my garden:) But yes, I think it's normal for us to get a little down when it's overcast. And it's the worst case scenario when you're a mom at home with little kids. It keeps you from those walks in the fresh air that are neccessary for surviving some days:)

Thanks for the shout out; you have officially doubled your chances!

bigSIS said...

Hi Nikki. You are not alone. I too get down on those dark, dismal days. My hubby suggested moving to Alaska and I vetoed that one just because of the shorter days. I don't need anything more depressing in my life. =)
My handwriting is a cross between printing and cursive but I've been told it's very elegant and beautiful. My eldest son has atrocious cursive and won't write his letters correctly so it is better for him to print most of the time. The other boys have gorgeous cursive...specially for boys!

Amanda said...

Nope, you're not alone on the gloomy weather! I have to work at being busy b/c I just feel like sitting around or worse, I get weepy feeling. It's also harder, IMO, if it's an "at-home-all-day" day.

I was saddened to hear about the cursive...I think it is more individual than printing. Mark prefers printing, but I writ faster in cursive, and I recall enjoying experimenting to find "my own" version of cursive writing as a girl...I will be teaching my children how to write in cursive!

The whole financial thing is so messed up right would be humorous were it not *our* money and were we not in such a recession! A cheater for treasure secretary and a "stimulus" bill that includes free contraceptives!!!

Marva said...

I print with the kiddos (since they are only 2) and wirte cursive the other times. Sometimes I combine the two. I will teach them cursive though at the approiate age.

I wish I could send you some sunshine! I don't really get in the dumps on the gloomy kind of days.

All of the new Washington folks are messed up, all the way to Mr. President.......just saying!

Worldwide abortion plans......crazy!


Angela said...

I totally thought that I had left a comment on this post yesterday, but I don't see it now, so I guess I didn't. I'm losing it.

I write pretty much always in cursive. I don't have perfect text book penmanship like my mom and my sister, but I have been told many times that I have pretty handwriting.

I HATE rain! I hate walking in it, driving in it, seeing it outside, how yucky everything feels afterwards....everything! The only time it is tolerable is when I'm at home asleep in my bed.

I don't even know how to begin responding to your last question. I mean...of course I'm upset about it...but there are just so many things wrong with what's happening in government that I don't know what to say. Suffice to say that I don't see many bright days coming in the (at least) next 4 years.

IF said...

Hi Nikki,
I love cursive as well and prefer to write in cursive! I have the same feeling with government! It is crazy. I can't wait to see you all in Feb. I am flying with my mother-in-law a few days after Irek flies in! Its a long story but I am glad it worked out this way! Otherwise we I would have had to fly bymyself with both girls. Hugs to you!!

eworpell said...

I print and use cursive..I have to admit, I'm not really hung up on the whole handwriting thing w/ my son-it seems like everyone eventually developes their own style no matter how they were taught.
I love rainy days too!
I am extremely bothered by the Sec. of Treasury thing....sigh..

Laura said...

I use cursive. The penmanship program that we're using for homeschool teaches cursive first. (It's actually called Cursive First!) It really is becoming a lost art, and it is something that I want our children to learn early on.

Yes, this weather is starting to get to me too. I think I'm just going to pretend like it's nice out and just go for a walk this afternoon anyway! I don't feel depressed on cloudy days, just incredibly sleepy, which makes it hard to get anything productive done.

The government...good grief! I don't even know what to say. Talk about depressing. It's a good thing that God is still in control, otherwise we might just up and move out of the country! Not that anywhere else is better...

KateGladstone said...

Print or cursive?
Neither -- I write in Italic. (To find out what this means, and why I do it, go to )