I learned to type in 6th grade (age 12). I took a half-semester long typing class, required by my school. Then in 10th grade I took typing again, keyboarding actually, for an entire semester. That was the semester I broke my collarbone so for 3 weeks of it I typed from a book that taught people with one hand how to type across the entire standard keyboard. I am still pretty quick thst way but I make more mistakes as you can see here un this sentence.
I was never very fast, never more than about 40 wpm. But I only needed to type 33 wpm for an A in the class so I was set.
I am glad I learned to type.
This summer I helped Troy fill out an application for his son to go to kindergarten and he watched me type and commented on how fast I was. How he'd never really learned and still pecked with two fingers.
This school year I've had at least a dozen students comment on the fact that I can type quickly, without looking at either the screen or the keyboard. They take keyboarding starting in 3rd grade and yet aren't adept at all. I can text as fast as they can, too, I just use more actual words than they do so I take a bit longer. I'm also a fan of punctuation.
I thought about these comments, how these folks are younger than me by 15 or 25 years. And I thought about shorthand. When my mother-in-law writes a grocery or reminder list in shorthand I AM SO JEALOUS. I took a printmaking class before Fiona was born and an older woman in my class based all her prints on the now-secret language of shorthand. I wish I knew how to write shorthand, and yet, I don't have the time to try that out. I know how to develop black and white film by hand in a darkroom, I know how to churn butter, I know how to tune in a shortwave radio. I don't really need another antiquated skill. Do I? After all, I know how to type.