My father insisted that I learn how to touch type (I'm doing it now!) and I even took a typing class one summer. It is a good skill to have though I still think his insistence on it was misplaced. He tells a great story about how he got a job as a clerk because he was the only one typing who wasn't looking at his hands, even though he wasn't the fastest typist. What's left out of this story is that my dad's handwriting was so terrible in high school that his teachers made him take a typing class. Even then, I think the feminization of clerical work was well underway. And the clerk's job? It was in the Army! My dad never actually worked a clerical job in civilian life. So, I remember once telling him that if I were a really good typist it would set me up for jobs being... a really good typist, and that wasn't what I had in mind. Who knew we'd live in a world where everyone does their own typing?
One of my first summer jobs was in my mom's office. I didn't have much to do but one task was typing labels. I spent a lot of years doing menial clerical work (no fast food jobs for me) and a big part of that was typing labels, often address labels. And, while I did know how to touch type (more or less), I never mastered the number keys. Talk about tedious-- and I had to look at the keys all time.
I was thinking of this while I am engaged in a tedious clerical task of my own making at work that involves using the "-" key and the "ctrl" key--two keys I have never mastered. No wonder this is taking so long...
Grateful for: learing to touch type.