Celebrate National Handwriting Day
January 23, 2023
Happy National Handwriting Day!
The twenty-third of January is John Hancock’s birthday.
John Hancock is best known as having the first and most prominent signature on the Declaration of Independence, and signatures are often referred to as a “John Hancock” as a result.
Hancock was president of the Continental Congress and his signature served to validate the final version of the document in 1776.
So, take a moment today, walk away from your computer or handheld device, pick up a pen and paper, and write something, by hand.
This was originally written by hand.
But it is unreadable that way.
With pen in hand,
With lined paper,
With decades of bad habits
And a hybrid style
That defies style,
What is virtually lost:
Is it print that I do?
Is it cursive?
Is it readable?
Is it relatable?
Is it, and can it be, anything?
Anything, anything at all.
Thomas B. Sims