The First Christmas Night

For today’s throwback Thursday, I offer this poem that I wrote on my manual toy typewriter when I was in the fourth grade in Christian private school. (Feel free to laugh at some of the odd word choices I used in my little nine-year old vocabulary… Smothered?  LOL!)

Let’s talk:  Did you have a typewriter (or access to one) when you were a kid?  Electric or manual?  Did you learn how to type in school?  Do you use the proper fingers when you type?

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58 thoughts on “The First Christmas Night

  1. A lovely glimpse into a child’s mind!
    I grew up round my mother’s old Olympia… a great black beast of a thing whose keys made a satisfying ‘clunk’. I suppose that’s why I don’t care for silent keyboards these days. That clatter means I’m working 🙂

  2. Wow and I love that you typed this on the toy typewriter. You were born to write. As for my typing, I really didn’t learn until college, a hunt and peck process, and now depends on my device.

  3. Yes to all…and it was getting old and used, the letter ‘a’ always got stuck…and I became very quick at moving my hand to unstuck it right after pressing the key…:) all my papers I had to write when I was in college and university were typed on this little machine a ‘Brother 11’…no computer then, and the first electronic calculator for high scientific use, the hp 45 cost about the price of a personnal computer today…:) But I do not miss liquid paper….

  4. My family had a portable Smith-Corona when I was a kid. It was a big deal when I was old enough to remove it from its case and set it on the desk and use the pick and hunt system. And then I took typing! A whole new world. 😉

  5. That’s such a sweet poem 🙂

    We had typewriters in our Sixth Form (ages 16ish-18ish) but it was only the girls that used them (there wasn’t much in the way of sexual equality back then). Then computers came along and all the girls had a head start on the typing!

  6. Well, your talent for writing made an early showing. So funny about the typewriters though! It really takes me back! Yes, we had an electric one for quite some time. I actually didn’t master typing until much later, just a few years ago really! It didn’t come easily for me! I still make tons of mistakes.

  7. I had an electric typewriter–I think it was my 16th birthday present. I did type with the proper fingers, but not very fast. I’m much faster on the computer than I ever was on the typewriter. 🙂

    • Thank you, Ali! (When I first read this, I thought it said “I have nothing from my childhood, except my razor”! LOL! (I admit, I thought that was a weird thing to hold onto.) HA! 😉

  8. You were a writer from the very start, Rachel. It’s so very obvious.

    My first typewriter was an old manual my parents gave me. I loved it. I would pound those keys when I was a kid. I learned typing in junior high, also on manual typewriters. When I finally moved over to my first electric, a gift from my dad, who bought a used one from his office to send me away to college as a freshman journalism student where the classroom typerwriters were also electric, I had a hard time because I needed to adopt a lighter touch on the keys. Even today my tendency is to hit these keys HARD! Oh, growing up in the manual typewriter years, my friend.

  9. I used to have a typewriter when I was a child too–I miss them. I loved reading your poem–makes me wish I had kept some of my writings from childhood 🙂

    • Thank you! I only have a dozen or so writings from way back left. I went through a “minimalist phase” a few years ago and threw away WAY too much stuff! 😦 I definitely regret it now.

      • The good thing is you have some writings from childhood. Definitely hold on to them because they’re good! I remember writing a few stories as a child, but I do not know what happened to them. Luckily my mom held on to some awards and artwork I created as a child that I decided to keep, but sadly no writings.

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