Fairly straightforward, yes? To my absolute shock, I was told that I was doing it wrong. How could my perception of anything in the world be wrong? I was 5 years old after all! I remember other kids agreeing with the teacher, but I was adamant that it should be done the way I wanted. To explain this accurately, I will demonstrate this with the aid of diagrams- though it isn't as easy as you think to replicate handwriting on a computer!
This is a simple demonstration of the 'normal' way of writing a lower-case b. It goes from top to bottom, then loops around to meet somewhere near the bottom. This can often result in getting that little 'stalk' at the bottom, unlike these nice computerised b's which meet up quite neatly. Anyway this was not at all how I thought the letter should be drawn. This method did not seem obvious at first glance and my mind decided on the simplest way of going about it.
This was how, on that very first day, I traced the letter with my finger. Down and around, just like that. Seems pretty simple huh? That's what I thought and I refused to believe that I should do it the other, more complicated way. From then on as I learned to write, I would always write my b's in this way. It was especially important for me, since my name starts with one! Now almost 15 years later, I still write the letter b this way. Not one of my teachers ever managed to make me change the way I write them, which I still believe is better and will defend on my life!
|The left is much nicer!|
What about other letters? As far as I know I write those normally, it's just this b that is special to me. The lower-case d is like the b but backwards; however I never really thought about it until I was much older so I just did it the 'normal' way which unfortunately gives it that ugly stalk. For some reason, I think because of what happened on that one day and my stubbornness, I will always write my b's differently. It says a lot about the sort of person I am! I have already said a bit about teaching handwriting at school, it is a subject that really gets me worked up- probably because I have had to defend myself since day one. Whatever the case, I think mine is better and I will stick to it.