What a great time I had for about three weeks visiting my son who lives in Ecuador! We were able to travel and see parts of the country I had not been to before so it was good fun. Going over the Andes Mountains and swaying side to side on the hairpin turns is an unforgettable experience. Fortunately, my lunch stayed down.
I did not have opportunity to see much handwriting there and I was left with the impression that people may not write as much as I see people do in the US. Even here people may not write as much as they used to, which is observed by many when I talk to them about handwriting.)
Texting on cell phones is a different story. It seems that most people living in urban areas in that country have one and are enthralled with studying them, game playing and texting as well as talking on them.
Okay, I mentioned in the previous post that I had some homework for you readers. Here it is. I would like you to look at your own writing, writing in your possession from others, (dig out those cards and letters) writing you may watch others execute—in short, any writing you can find. Signatures count too.
Pay attention to where the i dots are placed relative to the lower part of the small letter i within words. Are they precisely over the lower part? Are they far to the left? Are they far to the right? In any of those cases, how consistent is the writer's way of placing them? Is it habitually the same or do you see variations in the same writing sample.
Perhaps start a list, naming the writer if you know the person, and then noting where the dots are and what shape they are. You may fine very neat, round ones, or small dashes, half or whole circles, etc. You may not find any at all even though they are called for in the English language as well as many other languages. Some writers omit them completely.
See if you can collect about 20 different samples and be sure to include a couple of your own.
The next post will give you some information on what i dots tell you about a writer.