My father sent my twin and me to shorthand-cum-typewriting classes after school in our eighth grade. We became the butt end of jokes in school as our friends thought we were fools to do it.

Enrolled in an institute run by a martinet who gave the worst instruments to the newbies, we had to do twelve lines while other students did only six lines. I remember my left pinkie hurting constantly because the ‘a’ key was stuck hard. We endured torture since no one dared go against my father. 

Years later when computers came in, I thanked God for parents who didn’t fool us!

*Friday Fictioneers is talented group of enthusiasts penning down a story, a poem, a prose, etc., expressing their heart about a photo prompt ยฉ Jeff Arnold

47 thoughts on “FOOLED NOT!

  1. Thanks.
    I actually had to give the bare minimum of the story.
    My sis and I were cribbing in our hearts and really didn’t do justice to it. But we got enough of it to help with computers!
    How are you all?

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  2. Dear Sabina,

    When I refused to take typing in school, my mother took it upon herself to teach me. As I spend a good percentage of my life at the keyboard, I am grateful to her. As you see I related well to your story. Good one.




  3. Weโ€™re under lockdown here. For me that doesnโ€™t change my life a lot. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Praying for those with the virus and praying that those of us well will stay that way. How about you and yours?


  4. Essential businesses are remaining open and some restaurants offer carry out. But people have been insane, hoarding toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Not to mention dried beans and noodles. Ironically they donโ€™t seem to be going for fresh produce.


  5. The moral of this story is: learn as many skills as possible when young because you never know when it might be useful. I am very glad I persevered and learned to touch type when I was in school. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos


  6. Love this. I remember having to learn a new touch when my high school bought a couple of electric typewriters. You got to use one for 15 minutes if you could type 30 wpm with no errors ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Learning to type on a manual typewriter makes every other keyboard a breeze. I remember how amazing it was to not have to use correct-type on a word processor.


  8. How I can empathise. Best thing I did, learning to type, painful though it was, and arthritic though my fingers now are (particularly the little finger) ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. In the 1950s I lived at a busy fire station, I often used to watch the fire officers typing. I never have typewriters would become obsolete. At least for the present we still have the pleasure of writing.


  10. I remember in our typing class of forty students there was only one boy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Lucky fella! The butt end of the jokes, I don’t think so. Well penned.


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