Husband as Muse


A few weeks ago, I danced over to Jazz’s blog and enjoyed a welcome surprise: her post that day had been hand-written. It startled me how much I liked seeing her handwriting and not just her typing; it reminded me of the individual behind the blog; it gave me a glimpse into her Herishness.

Hence, I’ve co-opted that idea, as you can see below (click on the image to enlarge it–and then zoom in even more!). While my handwriting has never been stellar, it has seen a marked degeneration in the last two decades, as I’ve graded thousands of student essays. As well, I wrote the page below as we drove 70 mph on the highway last night, after dark, heading home from a holiday weekend away. All that in mind, you can still accuse me of being illegible, and I’ll have to nod in agreement.



By Jocelyn

There's this game put out by the American Girl company called "300 Wishes"--I really like playing it because then I get to marvel, "Wow, it's like I'm a real live American girl who has 300 wishes, and that doesn't suck, especially compared to being a dead one with none."


  1. Happy birthday to Groom. I would ask John Gorka to sing to him, but he'd probably prefer Paco and Girl to do it.

    I can't write legibly anymore even on a level table with good light, so if I want anyone to actually read my posts, I will continue to type them.

  2. Ah, what a grand birthday gift. You are so much a better wife than me.

    And your handwriting is much more legible also.

  3. You wrote while driving? Hmmm I was thinking of doing one of the vlogs to allow my readers the opportunity of hearing my whack accent.

  4. I know he is a very lucky man to be married to you! Obviously he knows how to appreciate this! Otherwise there would be no such tribute…

    Great handwriting :o)

  5. did you fold up the note and ask susie to pass it to groomeo?

    i agree it's great fun to see handwriting of bloggers and i like the extra embellishments to your note too 🙂

  6. I really love when you wax sentimental here!
    As to the handwriting though, yours is quite legible compared to mine! LOL If I start to write anything, by the time I get to the 10th word, my penmanship has deteriorated greatly. And, if you'd have seen my notes, taken in my college classes, you'd wonder how I ever was able to read them to study and pass ANY courses! I used to fall asleep in class while writing notes and my scribbling would often end up as just a squiggly line with no way to determine at all what it was I had been trying to write.

  7. Truth be told, I'm not nostalgic about handwriting. It gives me a headache to read my wife's aunt's 5 page birthday letters filled with the minutiae of life in Pine Island, Minnesota. Sure there's the whole personality thing, but give me 12 point helvetica any time.

  8. Your handwriting is VERY legible. Many happy returns to your man–do you always make him a list? I always write a "Top Ten" of the last year on D's birthday card each year.

  9. ok for real. you are so sweet!
    My husband is content in knowing he is not the only manly man that likes "the challenge of making the perfect pie crust"

    Many birthday wishes to your younger husband!

    (my husband is younger too, although you know not THAT young. hehe)

  10. You two leeerrrvv!! Yep, I partook of the younger husband stakes myself.Can't say it did me any harm.Thirty years of goodness.Although people's handwriting is interesting, have you noticed the weird way that some senior and college students hold a pen?How hard can it be? With the variations I've seen, I think thank goodness for keyboards.

  11. Your writing just gushes…
    I think it is fairly legible under such strenuous conditions. And I like all the embellishments – I used to love hi-lighting and colouring squares around important words when I used to take notes.

  12. Fascinating. You have broken my record. When I write, I make three different tails on my Ys on just a short note. I see that you make FOUR different G tails. I've always wondered what it meant.

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