Following on from my last post, I've been remembering when I received my first typewriter - then the cutting edge of technology. I'd asked for one for Christmas, probably without realising just how expensive they were. Mum decided that I could have one but to make it an investment, she also bought me a book teaching me how to touch type. I remember it was called "Typing Made Simple" and she said she wanted me to learn how to type properly, that the typewriter wasn't a toy. I spent hours in my bedroom after that, bashing away on the keys.
Being able to touch type has been invaluable in my life, as a student, secretary and now as a writer, a well as in every day correspondence.
So I owe a big thank you to my mum, for guiding me to learn such a valuable skill.
Thanks Mum, you're a wise woman!