I head up a non-profit group called Pleins et Déliés, based in Jonquerettes. (C’mon, say it right! Pronounce it “Plennes eh Day-lee-aye”.) In addition to running this site and a sister-site in French (calligraphie-en-ligne.com), we do classes for adults in our pittoresque little village as well as workshops in primary and junior high schools.
When I’m in a classroom, kids often ask me,
“How long have you been doing calligraphy?” & “Why do you like Calligraphy?”
To the first question, I answer that, as a child, I went to Church every Sunday. Some kids paid attention to what the preacher was saying; others stared at the stained glass, waiting for the minutes to tick by. And I spent the time copying and re-drawing the lettres of the song titles, which were written in a Gothic hand in our hymnbook.
As for their second question, I usually tell them that, if you believe in reincarnation, I must have been a monk in a former life!