This post is part of SoCS: http://lindaghill.wordpress.com/2014/05/02/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-may-314/
From Linda G Hill’s blog:This week your Prompt will be ‘change’ in any form or definition of the word. Play with it, and have fun!
So I asked my mom today if she still had that old typewriter that she used in my dad’s office when I was a little girl. She said she’d gotten rid of it a long time ago, sadly. I was thinking it would look great as a decoration in my hobby room where I have my computer, my piano and my books. I was hoping that if I dusted it off and managed to find a ribbon for it, then I might even be able to use it to make whimsical notes, letters, cards, etc. and mail them to people. How cool would that have been?
It was a Royal brand portable manual typewriter, black, with a case. She told me it had been her brother’s before she got it, probably bought around 1945. It’s a piece of technology which is completely obsolete but which has such romantic connotations for anyone interested in writing. The vision of the writer, alone in a small, darkly decorated room, the sound of the typewriter the only noise. I used to love the little bell and the mechanical ratcheting sound of the carriage return.
My mother’s hands were strong, to be able to type on such a machine. The keys had to be struck firmly and evenly, and the keystroke was fairly long. It was not unlike playing an even scale exercise on the piano, really. She has some arthritis in her hands now, and I’m not sure she could still do it, but you never know. I loved to play on the typewriter as a small child.
In high school, I had an Apple IIc computer at home, complete with a lovely dot-matrix printer. At school we used the Apple IIe.
I didn’t actually learn “touch-typing” until I was in college and had to “type” a lot of papers for my classes. By that time I was using a “state of the art” Apple Macintosh computer at the college computer lab. These were the clean shiny things in the room next to the “VAX” terminals used by the computer geeks like my husband 😉 By the way, I am “typing” this post on an iPad… Big changes!