I’m so glad I took typing

Even though I insisted that I was going to go to college, Mama made the rule that  I had to take two years of typing and two years of shorthand anyway, “just in case”.  Smart Mama.

In order to get all the college prep courses as well as Mama’s business classes, I went to summer school every summer during high school.  (As did many of my friends — summer school was very popular then, not punitive as I think it is considered now.)  Well, I didn’t go to college, but because wise Mama had made me take those business classes, I was able to get a job and make a good living.

Hubby’s really glad he took typing too, even though at the time he considered it as just a “filler” class.  But not all guys took typing when we were in school.  After all, they weren’t going to be secretaries, so why would they ever need to know how to type?  Ha!  I would guess the majority of those guys at some point regretted that decision.

Back then, none of us could have ever guessed that there would come a time when practically everyone would need to know how to type (I guess called keyboarding now).

But those short-sighted guys who thumbed their noses at typing weren’t alone.  If all of us could have seen into the future, the Spanish classes would have been alot more popular too.

22 Responses to I’m so glad I took typing

  1. C. Beth says:

    I feel the same way–I can type quickly and I love it! I’m so glad I took “keyboarding” in junior high!

  2. Linda says:

    I love these old pictures. They’re such a look back to the past. It does appear to be an electric typewriter that you’re using. Did you learn on an electric in school? I was only a year ahead of you, I think, but we learned on manuals. And I had a manual on my first job. We’ve come a long way, baby. 🙂 By the way, is that a “steady” ring you’re wearing?

  3. Sandra says:

    Beth — I’m glad you took it too. I don’t think you could do a blog, along with everything else you do, without speedy typing skills. 🙂

    Linda — You are very observant. We had a manual at home, but ML had an electric typewriter, so in this picture I was at her house using hers. In my senior year, the school got IBM Selectrics, so we did have one year to learn on electric typewriters. And yes, that is Hubby’s ring on my finger with LOTS of yarn wrapped around it. 🙂

  4. carlahoag says:

    Sandra, what a cute photo. And a smart mother!

    I took typing in 9th grade and I’ve used it more than probably anything else I learned that year (haven’t had a lot of need for the Greek mythology we had in English class, although it occasionally helps in crossword puzzles).

    Facebook has a really fun game called Typing Maniac. It’s not timed, but the goal is reaching new levels with accuracy, etc. My typing speed has actually increased a lot just from playing that game.

  5. Sandra says:

    I’m impressed, Carla. Greek mythology in 9th grade! Those Tulsa schools were really sophisticated back then, weren’t they. 🙂

    I’ll have to look for Typing Maniac and give it a try. I LOVE doing timed writings now — alot more than I did back then when a grade depended on them. 🙂

  6. Denny says:

    Talk about a filler class……..I took typing I class two times. I already had enough crdits to graduate and I needed one more class to “fill” my day during the last semester…..so I took typing I again. I too am glad for this skill.

  7. Sandra says:

    Denny — It makes you look pretty darn smart now doesn’t it. 🙂

  8. ellebee says:

    I am SO glad that my mom MADE me take typing. I definitely didn’t want to take it. I was one of the last classes to take it on actual typewriters (and manual ones, at that) rather than computers. As it turns out, she was right about Spanish too (I wanted to take French). Who would’ve known that I’d marry a Mexican? 🙂

  9. Sandra says:

    Hi, ellebee, it’s nice to hear from you! It sounds like you had the SMARTEST Mama — right on two points — typing AND Spanish! 🙂

  10. Debbie says:

    You are sooooo right! 😀

  11. Sandra says:

    Debbie — Yes, but Mama was right first! 🙂

  12. Hilary says:

    I love this photo. I never took typing in school and once we got a computer, I was painfully slow. Then I loaded up a program called Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing and spent a few hours with it just learning the fingering. It helped greatly. I’m speedy now, and never make mistrakes. 😉

  13. Linda says:

    Hilary made me laugh…again!

  14. Sandra says:

    Hilary — Besides your great photography and clever way of saying things, that’s the one other thing I admire about you — you don’t make any typing mistrakes! 😉

    Linda — Shhhh. Don’t let her know how entertaining she is — she might start charging us an entertainment tax! 🙂

  15. Nezzy says:

    Yep girl, I hear ya loud and strong. Back in the day it was the thing that all girls should take the business courses and Home Ec. The thought was if ya landed a man you could cook and make a great home for him or if ya lucked out you could be his secretary. Great thing we’ve come a long way baby!!!

    Have a beautiful day sweetie filled with warm fuzzy blessings!!! :o)

  16. katharine says:

    I took a short typing course (four weeks) and then a quarter of typing in college (to prepare for my upcoming marriage and job-hunting). I hated those classes because of the perfectionist pressure I put on myself, but loved learning the keyboard. Like you, this has served me well in this computer age.

    And then I took two years of German. Ach! That was fun, and it helped me understand a little more about English grammar, but otherwise it was the most impractical language choice I could have made! Oh, well. Family tradition.

  17. Sandra says:

    Nezzy — I love the way you say things. You make everything just sound more interesting! But, yes, we have come a long way since then. 🙂

    Have a wonderful weekend, friend.

    Katharine — I think I can one-up you in the impractical category — I took four years of Latin! I know that it is a good basis for other languages, but there’s sure not much chance to “speak” it. 🙂

  18. Cora says:

    I guess we had the same Mamma!!!! I can still do the shorthand. Does anyone in the world still use it????

  19. Katharine says:

    Et tu, Sandra? My mom took some Latin in high school, way back in the day. When I came along some 30+ years later, she was still spouting off random phrases. Cave canem!

  20. Sandra says:

    Cora — I can’t say I know of any office where it is still used, but I know several women who still use it to write notes for themselves. I “lost” most of it over the years I didn’t use it, but when I heard of them using it that way it kind of made me wish I had remembered enough to use it that way too. If you still remember it, good for you! 🙂

    Katharine — Maybe we were switched at birth. I would have loved having a mother who had taken it too — we actually COULD have spoke it! 🙂

  21. Suldog says:

    True, and true. I learned to type because we had a typewriter in the house when I was a kid, but I learned my own way. I use two fingers and the thumbs of each hand.

  22. Sandra says:

    Suldog — I’ve seen your “type” before. 🙂 (That’s my attempt at a Hilary-ism!)

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