I never understood cursive writing. To me it has always seemed clumsy and forced and not a natural way of writing. Cursive was originally inventeed to facilitate writing with a quill, in which lifting the nib up and down was apparently messy, so it was better to link the letters in a word together. Later is was promoted as a method for writing quickly or more naturally. To me though, cursive is a slow, cumbersome and ugly way of writing. And probably this is due to the fact that I'm left-handed. It seems like cursive was really designed for right-handed folks. The letters and motions feel incredibly forced, and it is impossible to arrange your hand in such a way that you don't create a smudgy mess. That's why in around fourth grade I stopped using cursive and thus my cursive writing looks like a fourth grader's. Here's an example:
Not that my regular handwriting is any neater, but at least it doesn't look as lame. It's a bit of a hybrid between cursive and block letters. In my normal writing I do everything backwards, including writing vertical lines from the bottom up and making the "o" counterclockwise. From what I can gather, the cursive method I learned was the so-called D'Nealian Script which is supposed to look like this:
Which to my eye looks different to the cursive that my parents used. It was invented in the 70's and might explain why my script looks even more dated. In my kids school they still teach cursive, which is good , I guess. At least they will be able to read it when they come across it, and neither of my kids are lefties, so they might take to it more than I. I wonder if there's a cursive designed for lefties. How about you all, what's your handwriting like?