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The mark of imperfection

November 17, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
There it was again. That stupid "3" in handwriting, the worst possible mark in that paticular section. Sitting there on my report card all round and self-important, mocking me amidst a sea of As. It was third grade and by that time I was pretty used to seeing "3s" in handwriting. It's not as if I didn't know about my crappy handwriting. I couldn't deny I was sloppy and my desk was a mess, but it just didn't seem fair for me--practically a straight A student every quarter since first grade, to sully my report card.I loved to write, but my handwriting sucked. My handwriting never did improve no matter how hard I tried, and it has stuck with me like a birth mark until this day. If the average person glanced at my journal, they probably couldn't make out half of the words, and that's fine with me. So, when I saw Julie's less than perfect marks in handwriting on her very first report card this week, I just smiled knowingly. That's my girl. Believe me. We have worked tirelessly on printing and her writing has improved immensely, but she still has some work to do. The thing is, everything else is there. She spells perfectly, reads chapter books and comprehends complex ideas. She loves to write stories and draw pictures to go along. Imaginative and creative, Julie's stories often take on a life of their own, and when she really tries her best, they are quite impressive. To me, that's a little more important than how neatly you form your letters. What do you think? How important is handwriting in your opinion?


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