Writing Table Desk: Dinosaur or Hero?

Every organized person has a designated place to do bills or write letters or cards to friends, although there is a school district in Ohio that is actually considering no longer teaching children to write using cursive, based on the idea that people don’t actually do any writing any longer. That will give the mind pause to consider. If you look back, when was the last time you actually wrote a letter or card by hand?

There are some computer buffs that gave up writing when they learned to type, but I don’t think we should just stop teaching our kids cursive. How will they sign their names or verify and read other people’s signatures? How will they read the letter that Grandpa wrote to Dad when he went off to war? Not teaching cursive just does not seem right, even though there is no overarching or compelling reason to continue. It reminds me of Latin – no one speaks it, but there are people out there who still learn it, because it is the basis for so much of our language, and is a basic key to understanding many English words. Which brings up the question: will the writing table desk be needed in the future?

Well sure, where are folks going to put their laptops without one? A writing table desk is a small table, usually about a yard and a half wide, with a single layer of drawers directly beneath the tabletop and four legs of any design to hold it all up. That is a very meager and utilitarian description because writing tables have come in both elegant traditional and simple modern designs from many different countries. People have been writing letters and contracts on them for hundreds of years.

The world has revolved around them if you consider how many legal documents, personal letters, and books of all kinds have been written on them. They are the truly unsung heroes of educated people’s lives. Wars have been started and stopped on the foundation of writing table desks and great literature has been created without them even being acknowledged. Yet nothing could have been written without them.

Writing table desks continue to keep people organized by providing that space we first spoke of to do bills and write cards. And they lend themselves perfectly to use by a laptop. It is as if they were created for them. A desk top computer is simply too large to be placed on one, but a laptop fits perfectly, and then can sometimes be placed in the large drawer underneath, if it fits, when it is not in use. And if you think about it, the laptop is the place we do our writing now. We just do it in e-mail or Word documents and ships them out over the wires and impulses – but they are exactly the same thing in a new form. We may pay our bills online but still need an organized space to do it. The fact that we continue to use writing table desks means they are not dinosaurs, but quiet heroes that continue to organize literate people who rarely acknowledge them.

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