Raft3r's handwriting is terrible.
In fact, I could put doctors to shame due to my deplorable handwriting. You do know what people say about their penmanship, right?
I would get deductions in my exams because of my poor handwriting. Law professors would often comment on my penmanship. My test booklets would often be annotated with "write legibly." So by now, I would pretty much assume I have made a strong case on how bad my handwriting is.
But that wasn’t always the case.
Back in grade school, my penmanship was impeccable.
I would get high grades on my writing class. My strokes were off the hook. Needless to say, I was often voted as class secretary because of my perfect handwriting. Teachers would ask me to write their lectures on the blackboard.
So what happened?
A jealous classmate declared, “You write like a girl.”
After knocking the wind out of him, I made some pretty drastic measures with the way I write. I intentionally made my handwriting more masculine by making it butt ugly.
Now I suffer the consequences. I can longer get back my beautiful handwriting. I’m stuck with something most people can’t bear reading. Masculinity has claimed another victim.
Post script: Much love to Passport #1 for the inspiration. You are my muse for this post.