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September 25, 2012

The write stuff

(Continued)

Then came high school, when I discovered a talent for forgery. It came about when my father's paycheck was mailed to the house and he wasn't around to endorse it. Jean Yunker at the bank told Mom that any reasonable facsimile of Dad's signature would suffice, so I filled up a notebook page with Patrick H. Redmonds and by the time I got to the last one, you couldn't tell my version of Dad's signature from the genuine article.

And didn't that open some doors. Not only did my handwriting get better, but I no longer had to worry about unexcused absences, report cards, or permission slips. And here's the beauty part: Nobody ever asked how Dad could be signing all these documents when I went to high school in LaGrange and he lived 561 miles away in Washington, D.C.

But back to the issue at hand. I've heard all the arguments against teaching cursive - about how nobody uses it because we do all our communicating with e-mail and text nowadays. And I think it's horse hockey.

You still have to sign checks and contracts.

So kids, learn cursive. If not the Palmer Method, try the Mike Method: Copy from your parents.

And when you sign your own note to the teacher saying you were sick when you were really home playing video games, as you surely will, remember the first rule: Make sure you spell "pneumonia" correctly. I had a close call with that one.

© 2012 Mike Redmond. All Rights Reserved.

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