Manual typewriters are great for kids

Filed under: Teens, Development/Milestones: Babies

Snoopy TypingWhen my son Christian started asking me how long it took Tolstoy to write War and Peace, I wondered what was up. Christian is ten. But Christian also likes to ponder the differences between vampires and werewolves and whether or not we will ever travel to Middle Earth, so I didn't think it was entirely unusual that he would have heard of Tolstoy and War and Peace.

It turns out that Charles Schultz is responsible for a lot of Christian's encyclopedic knowledge: apparently, Snoopy decided to write a novel. And Christian, recognizing a good mentor, has decided that he will write a novel, too. Even though he is not quite sure what he will write about. We told him that that doesn't stop most people.

We were discussing this theoretical novel one evening before Christmas break, and Christian mentioned that Snoopy was using a typewriter for his novel, and I casually mentioned that I thought I had an old typewriter up in the attic. I went up and retrieved it and all three of my kids, ages 9, 10, and 13, were delighted. Whereas I took an electronic typewriter with me to college, my children have only heard of typewriters in legend: they had never actually seen one before.

I wondered why I hadn't changed the ribbon years ago, and then I realized that I bought this typewriter (a Royal) from the Salvation Army before I had internet in my home. And I had never before done a google search to see where I could get more ribbon. But I did that night, and found some for $4.95.

Christian is now working on his novel. He still doesn't know what it's about. But it beats the heck out of television.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.