I’m slightly perturbed that the teachers’ handwriting in the first seven detention notes look like kids’ handwriting.
Good handwriting was positively fetishized in my convent school. We knew who the girls with the best handwritings were—their written exercises were pinned on boards at the back of the classroom for all to admire—and we aspired to write just as beautifully. I remember swapping all my pens for a particular Pilot ballpoint pen in blue ink because the girl whose handwriting I worshipped used them.
I get complimented on my handwriting a lot as an adult and especially in the US, though I suspect that’s really because I write in full cursive, something I’ve done since I was ten. My handwriting is not terrible, but objectively, it’s not great—I have pathetic visual/spatial perception, and it shows in the irregularity of my spacing and margins. My frustration reached its zenith when I was introduced to chemical formulas and notations with those danged superscripts in secondary school. I hated how my Chemistry homework looked and quickly applied to drop the subject for English Literature.
Collecting these because no one understands their genius. They make me want to go to school. Ps please don’t change the source!