True confession: I do not hold a pencil properly when I write.
There. It is now out on the 'net for all to see.
I am well past the point of flinching when someone notices me holding a pen. At most I may drop a "Yep, that REALLY is the way I write." when my pencil-claw grip is pointed out. Of course, working around a bunch of pre-school teachers, this gets noticed a lot. But I gave up actually caring about it in the 6th grade.
Back then, after every grammar school teacher I encountered tried to correct my pencil-holding abilities, I looked Miss Anders in the eye during an after school pencil holding lesson and told her "This way works for me. OK?" I guess it was OK, because no teacher ever tried (very hard) to correct my pencil-grip-of-death after that.
But truth be told, I still cringe when I see the pretty, little, colorful corrective pencil grip rubber things. I bet I have thrown a million of those things away over the years.
Evidently my writing skillz have been on The Talker's mind. First thing he said to me this morning: Not, 'good morning' or 'hi, dad', but "Dad, I think they have these things at school so that you can hang onto a pencil the right way. Want me to see if I can bring you one?"
Now, like many others before him, The Talker now stands, squarely looking failure in the face. He can try to correct my pencil hold. He may even bring a rubber coated specialized grip to me. But in the end, the last man standing - with a pencil in a modified Half-Nelson-Super-Claw, will be me!
Unless he whines about it for a long time.
Then I usually cave, just to have some peace and quiet.
8 years ago