I Spent Independence Day Copying the Constitution By Hand

Here’s what I learned

House w white picket fence. Both are festooned w American flags. Big red, white, and blue painted dinosaur in front of house.
Best Fourth of July setup ever. Don’t @me.
Book cover: U.S. flag background w big yellow block: The U.S. Constitution/And Fascinating Facts About It. Yellow binder clip
Book cover: U.S. flag background w big yellow block: The U.S. Constitution/And Fascinating Facts About It. Yellow binder clip
The beginning of the U.S. Constitution, in my own handwriting. Cream-colored notebook paper & tri-color pen.
The beginning of the U.S. Constitution, in my own handwriting. Cream-colored notebook paper & tri-color pen.

A few surprises

Down the rabbit hole

my hand, holding a pen between the second and third fingers, copying the constitution onto a new page.
my hand, holding a pen between the second and third fingers, copying the constitution onto a new page.
I met someone in college who held her pen this way. I thought it was cool, and I wanted to be friends with her, so I said, “Oh! I hold my pen like that too!” which was a flat-out lie. Sigh. No wonder I wasn’t ready for The Constitution. Maturity was lacking.

Some final thoughts about copywork

Stack of varied books, all with Post-Its bristling from their edges like terrible porcupine quills.
Stack of varied books, all with Post-Its bristling from their edges like terrible porcupine quills.
Gah! What a nightmare.

D&I educator; writing & editing. Author, Pin Ups (9/20). Columnist, The Writer mag. theGooddirt.org; @gooddirt on Twitter. Psst: Say “yeeshun.” You can do it!

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