05/08/2014 08:32 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gratitude for the Written Word

The latest chatter on Facebook is that people are finding that they're losing their ability to write in cursive because of excessive keyboard use.

It made me realize I have not received a hand-written letter for some time. In fact, the only one who writes letters to me is my 85-year old mother and her penmanship is impossible to read - but that's a whole other story.

Come to mind, the only time I write letters of any real length is during the holidays, and it begs the question: Has the attention span of our entire culture been compressed into the 140 characters in a twitter communique?

I do not know if my cursive is intact, but now I'm incredibly curious. I'm going to write a letter straight away, a long-winded letter to see if I've lost my touch. In the meantime, I'm basking in gratitude for cursive and I truly hope my great, great grandchildren won't have to Google "cursive" to know what it means.