Writerly Wednesday – An Oldie but a Goodie


I lifted the lid from the old case. My fingertips gently brushed over the well-worn keys. With some effort I pressed down on the Q. The hammer struck the ink ribbon with a satisfying click.


After some close examination I carefully inserted a sheet of paper and turned the knob, watching as it curled between the rollers and eventually reappeared above the ribbon.


My fingers knew where to rest as I thought of my words. Suddenly an idea came to mind and I began. After several taps I stopped to rub my aching fingers. How Grandmother managed 60 words a minute, I could not imagine. Her hands must have been incredibly strong.


The words were faint but legible and after a few moments I continued. Grandma loved that old typewriter and what better way to celebrate her 90th than to write her a special birthday message on the antiquated machine.

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