I first learnt how to touch type on an electric typewriter in high school. In fact I actually took typing as a subject in years 8 and 9 (is it even offered any more?). Before then I’d applied the old ‘one finger at a time, while watching the keys’ style of typewriting on an old manual machine at home.
My typing teacher at school (Mrs. Barker) was completely terrifying, so perhaps it was a combination of learned skill and fear which taught me how to properly ‘use the force’ and type with fingers at ready in the QWERTY position and eyes OFF the keyboard. Once someone in my class couldn’t handle the amount of corrections made on her typing work, and she ended up running out of class crying. After calming herself down, she returned to the classroom … but Mrs. Barker wouldn’t let her off so easy.
When one of my friends took her work up to be corrected, Mrs. Barker very loudly called out across the class (even though her words were really for the benefit of one) – ‘See, trying NOT crying … that’s what you should do’ … *AWKWARD*!
Anyway, I’m eternally gratefully for my touch typing skill – it has served me countless times over the years and makes everything so much quicker and more efficient. I love the interplay between visualising the letters with your mind and feeling the keys go to work beneath your fingers.
There is music in the tapping of the keys and in the silences left between, and it is from that rhythm that I take much comfort and smile at fond memories. Do you take pleasure in touch typing too? Or have you come up with something better?