Once again the spies from the Daily Post group of Word Press selected the prompt for the day of “Handwriting“.
Have had poor handwriting since I was little! Even as far back as kindergarten, my writing and coloring received negative marks from teachers. Failed to color within the lines they said. Hated conforming even if I could have! Could trace my writing problems back to my father. The apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree.
I put hours of effort into improving my handwriting skills. Even tried taking up calligraphy! Wasn’t any good at that either. So I taught myself how to type before turning in a report in 4th grade! Was fed up with loosing points due to my “sloppy” handwriting!
Have been typing everything since! Once I was finally given the diagnoses of multiple sclerosis after leaving home for college, things began to make more sense. The “handwriting was on the walls” so to speak. Explained why I fell so often and many other problems.
Now the disease has taken over my fine motor skills to the point that the only other one besides myself that can interpret my writing is my husband. Since I have loved the art of crafting works of words as long as I can remember, I now type them so they can be read by the rest of the world! Blogging is a daily habit for me an ever day that I do not have some sort of other appointment filling my time.
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The medicine my neurologist prescribed for me to treat my multiple sclerosis is called Tysabri. Trying to find the actual cost on the internet is basically nearly impossible. I remember when I first started on the drug the amount the facility tried charging me was well over $2500. There was no way my husband and I could afford that then or every 28 days! Biogen (the company that manufactures the drug) has been helping us with some of the cost of the drug, but will not continue helping indefinitely. So I have started a Go Fund Me campaign. To contribute to the fund, click on the following link: https://www.gofundme.com/zfabhdes
The daily prompt from the Daily Post at WordPress was “Handwritten“. Considering that today is the 14 year after the tragic bombings on American soil, I would have thought they would have used a more patriotic type of prompt!
Do you remember were you were when you heard the news that horrible day? On September 11, 20001, I was watching CNN in my front room of our house in Colorado. Had just been laid off from my job as a layer 3 network engineer at Rhythms Netconnections. The company ended up filing bankruptcy and then closing down completely. Had been hoping to hear news on a possible place for future employment. Instead ended up seeing a plane fly directly into the first of the two twin towers.
Was a thoroughly depressing period of my life! My country was falling apart along with my life. My life was composed of what I did at work each day. Loved managing traffic of data crossing our networks at the places that I worked. Had to file for unemployment for the first time in my life. Although I would not know it until later, would end up losing the house we were in the process of buying. Loved that house’s view from my office. Could look out the window to see the mountains over my desk! Talk about instant inspiration. Was a very patriotic kid when I was little.
My grandfather had served for the United States Navy. He ended up passing away after watching our country’s pathetic response to the terrorist attack on our soil. His voyages took him all around the world. He lived out much of what I learned in high school history classes first hand! There is no better way to learn history than to have someone share their personal experiences with you. My teachers did a very poor job of interesting their students in the history of the world, let alone the history of the country in which we lived.
Today’s teachers are wanting to do away with teaching children the art of writing by hand. Without decent penmanship how will the kids become the adults of the future? How will they be able to legibly sign their own names, if they weren’t taught how to posses decent handwriting in the first place?