I'm left-handed. My mother would put something in my right hand, I'd smile and change it to the left. I shake hands with my left hand automatically - worst case was when I shook my Nigerian father-in-law's hand and he jumped back about a foot (many cultures use their left-hand to wipe their bum). I love the Italian word for left-hand "sinistra", which is where our "sinister" comes from. So much prejudice and even the buybull doesn't like lefties! Left-handers have been burnt at the stake for it. However, I spent my childhood managing and never thought being left-handed was a problem. Now, if a child can't have "left-handed scissors Miss!" (I'm a supply teacher), they can't do their work. And there are even left-handed shops. Power tools are apparently a danger. So glad my "problem" wasn't, & isn't, a problem for me.
I am the only one of my siblings (there are 7 of them) that is left handed. My dad was, but he was made to use his right hand (he was born in 1928). He did everything left handed but write. They tried to change how I held my pen/pencil when I was in thrid grade, but that never worked with me. I am a lefty who does not turn my hand or paper at an angle when I write; I write straight across, but I hold my writing instrument kinda fucked-up......still! My stupid human trick, though: I can write "upside down", menaing I can write so you can see it rightside up for you, but not for me.
I was adjusted by a ruler across the bad hand. So now I write equally badly with both hands. I do everyhting important with my left hand: cut, slash, stir, comb my hair and teeth, use scissors equally well, put on eye shadow equally badly with both hands. You did not change me, you bastards!
I'm left for writing, batting and using hand tools but right on everything else. Had one teacher try to change me but my parents told the school to let me be what I wanted. One odd thing I found out was that the electrical local union I belong to did a study and found that 30% of the local members were left handed. That was10 years ago don't know what it is now.
You missed one. I had a kindergarten teacher who was CONVINCED I was a lefty. She spent the entire year convincing me to use my left hand. I catch a ball,use a knife and everything else with my right hand. Good intentions and all... The fun thing about it is that I discovered in college that I draw geometric shapes better with my right hand and organic shapes better with my left. I have horrendous handwriting to this day though.
I am left-handed when I write or paint and ambidextrous for almost everything else, I cut paper right handed only and do not do well left-handed, I had to learn because lefty scissors were not available when I learned to cut shapes out. I write straight across. So when I used erasable smearable ink, I made an ugly mess.
Edit: I think 12% of us are lefties now, it was a lower percent when lefties were made to be righties, most lefties are men, lefties have functions in the brain more centralized, lefties are more likely to have lefties in their families so there is a big genetic component.
I am right handed but make it a point to switch hands doing mundane tasks. I can saw, hammer, paint, sand, scrape just about any heavy work with either hand. My father taught me this so I can work all day. When the right gets tired, switch to the left and keep going. About the time the left is giving up the right is ready to go.
When I was young my parents made it a point to not allow me to write or draw left handed.