“Think,” I told myself while driving home today. “He obviously twisted the tie as a right-hander. Which direction do right-handers twist?” Without looking, with one hand, I undid the twist-tie and grabbed a fig bar. This got me thinking.
As a left-hander, each day is a mini-struggle. It takes three tries to awkwardly swipe my debit card with my right hand. All machines are set up for right-handed people.
Even cars are set up for right-handers. For nine weeks, my right arm was in a sling after shoulder surgery. I had to start and shift the car with my left hand. Try it.
I grew up in a family of six, highly intelligent, hilarious, left-handed artists and musicians. My daughter Claire and her dad Terry are left-handed. All of our kitchens are set up the same way. Drinking glasses and silverware are on the left.
For sewing, I have left-handed straight shears and pinking shears. But only right-handed pinking shears can be sharpened, not even at the factory. So, I demote dull pinking shears to crafts, and buy expensive, new ones.
Benefits of being left-handed:
When we throw a frisbee, it rotates in the opposite direction. People can’t catch it. The frisbee bounces off their hands. HA!
Claire and Terry are excellent tennis players. When they hit a tennis ball, it rotates in the opposite direction. Opponents have trouble returning their serves. “I HATE playing Wenatchee!” a girl sobbed, running off the tennis court after being trounced by Claire.
We become great problem-solvers.
We are more creative, artistic and musical. I still play flute.
Alas, I read that left-handers die seven years earlier. (Don’t believe everything you read on the internet.)
Here’s my theory: It’s from all the ink we absorb, dragging our hand across the page. Or from being curled up like shrimp in those stupid, right-handed desks in school.
In defense, my left-handed mother became ambidextrous. How do you manage?
I think a lefty mate marching on my right should enjoy holding hands. ..I would....as for longevity the best men are still dying 7 years earlier SINGLE as single women out live us....mated our years are equal in life expectancy. ...hopefully a lefty will choose me so we both beat the grim reaper 50 more years in love @ 116, I would still want 50 more
I LOVE being left handed! Out of 6 kids, I am the only lefty. My dad was left handed, but made to use his right hand in school. He still did everything left handed except write. I use the computer mouse with my right hand; after all my conditioning, setting it up on the left side felt weird, and I drive with my right hand. Just about everything else I do left handed. I was told by a customer once that I was a genius. When I asked him why he thought so, he said it was because I was left handed, but didn't turn my hand or my paper when writing; write straight across the page. My stupid pet trick? I can write upside-down, meaning I can write so the words face you, but are upside-down to me.
I am even weirder than a southpaw. Sometimes one is better than the other, but I can totally bat, write, throw, and color in coloring books with either hand.
Maybe this isn't as frustrating, but it does tend to piss other people off when they see me do it.
I am right-handed, but injured my right wrist more than 6 months ago, so I have been learning to do things left-handed. Using a fork, computer mouse, and opening doors, and everything else. Now I get why lefties complain about right-handed scissors.
Since I sell guitars I often deal with left-handed people faced with a really really pathetic left-handed guitar selection. I explain how the way we all hold the guitar right handed was actually invented by a left-handed woman during the renaissance period. A strong left-handed person can have some trouble on a right-handed guitar in getting good smooth strum down with the right hand... But like a piano you need both hands and lefties and righties both play them.. It’s tricky because if you’re left-handed and struggling on a right-handed instrument it’s to know if you would be struggling on the left handed instrument as well? I have a left-handed daughter that plays the guitar right-handed and has no idea that a left-handed instrument even exists, hasn’t been a question and hasn’t been a problem. Flipping the strings around to make a righty guitar lefty is not as easy as you might think, intonation issues. Jimi Hendrix did way more modifications than just flipping the strings the other way.
I have to rewrite my message because I used no bueno word...I do almost everything lefty but write and I’ve actually used my left hand on a chalk board in a class... so lm neurologically messed up( how ever I used f- bomb) so I was “shamed “ in to a rewrite.... may not so as funny as before but you get the flow
Partnered dancing was created by a man that was Lefthanded. The lead role is for the male and lead hand is left hand. Explained to me by a Pro Ballroom Dancer that always saw more potential in the leftys for obvious reasons of being natural lead handed and yes, former GF and still we hang out and of course dance. Another advantage is for boxing because the liver is exposed to the Left Hook, a devastating punch to the body. Very little known fact, some lefty boxers are taught to fight as righthanded because against righthanded fighters do not protect as often against the left hook since is expected to be the weaker hand, thus the big surprise of the use of the punch with stronger hand punching. I did hated to see lefthanded writers with the notebook sideways. Now, there is a number of languages that write right to left... arab for example?
They can be sharpened but it would have to be done by someone who knows what they are doing. I will get a pair and see if I can do it. Not a professional scissors sharpened but I have sharpened scissors and it is not difficult. So I will see and if I can do it I will sharpen a pair for you.
This planet is geared to right handed people. I cope as best I can. I do remember elementary school in San Diego St Bridges Academy. In the eyes of the nuns all the children were the devils spawn especially us lefties. My dad tried to get to switch hit when I was little. It worked OK but had trouble getting the ball deep. We are in pretty good company with US Presidents, Bill Gates, Da Vinci, Buxx Aldrin, Marie Currie, and probably the smartest person to grace this planet Isaac Newton. Yep we are in good company.
Love your stories Kathleen . Well my late FIL was a leftie and left this realm at 69 after glioblastoma chewed him up in short order. He was also a model crafter & spent a lot of time I imagine around solvents, paints, etc. Interesting theory with left handed lifespan.
My girl was ambidextrous as a baby & toddler. I never pushed her but would place cutlery, crayons and the like on her right side. May be the gentlest way ever to get a kid to favor being right handed.
Interesting about the frisbee and tennis. Amazing that you have sooooo many in your family. In my large extended family, there were only three of who were left-handed - including me.
I am not ambidextrous--because most things I can do with only one or the other and not both.
Basically, anything that takes fine motor skills, I use my left hand - eating, writing, brush teeth, make-up, hair, playing pool, painting, jigsaw puzzles, using a sharp knife to cut, stirring food in a pot, etc.
For everything else that requires strength -- or which I was taught without regard to handedness -- I use my right: throwing a ball, bowling, catching a ball with glove, batting, scissors.
When I write in a spiral bound notebook, I start from the back of the book, so the spiral is to my right and not blocking my hand.
Like many other left-handers, I always aim for a corner seat at a group meal.