Wednesday, 22 February 2017

South Paw

My husband has just accused me of having a left handed moment.   It’s true that it’s not just the obvious difficulties like writing cheques, using scissors, putting belts on upside down etc.  Being left handed represents a whole lifetime of awkwardness.   Social kissing - I always go for the wrong side and crash noses.  I have a tendency to drink the wrong glass of wine at the dinner table, or eat the other person’s bread roll.  I always insert bank cards into machines the wrong way round and often have difficulty with locks. 

It wasn’t until I was well into my adult life that I discovered that it wasn’t like this for everyone. I hadn’t realised that everything in the world is designed for right handed people.

Paul has long realised that my mind is wired slightly different to his.  If I’m not having a blonde moment then I must be having a left handed moment. I’m in good company though, kangeroos are left handed.


16 comments:

  1. My dog (Bok) is left handed/footed; he copes quite well.

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    1. It's rather sad to think that he will probably never master the art of knitting.

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  2. My mirror is left handed.
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. I must go and buy myself a left handed mirror, it might make all the difference!

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  3. I had to Google the handedness of Kangaroos and searched on about Polar Bears and then dogs. Looks like the guide dogs are likely to be right handers (a bit more laid back) and the lefties are often rejected. My dog (Ted) is left pawed and is somewhat emotional. Thanks for starting the latest reading as opposed to my doing some housework - right handed.

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  4. i am left handed too. Life is not easy, but i am ok:)

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    1. We accept that life is not easy because we've never known it any other way.

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  5. As an English teacher, I had great sympathy for left-handed pupils. They had to write from left to right just like their right-handed peers. To do that lefthanders had to devise some very awkward handwriting styles. It would have been more natural for them to write from right to left. Often lefthanders were berated for untidy writing which didn't seem fair. Many teachers still fail to appreciate the mechanical difficulties of left-handedness.

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    1. My grandmother was left handed. When she was at school she was forced to write with her right hand.

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    2. In Hebrew we weite from right to left, life is not easier though.

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  6. My husband is left handed. He's just learned to do things right-handedly (?)For example, he cuts with scissors using his right hand. -Jenn

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    1. Me too, it's impossible to cut things left-handedly using ordinary scissors.

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  7. As a 75 yr old "leftie" the world has been a$$ backwards to me sine I learned to walk.
    I was set outside during "penmanship"but didnt mind one bit. My parents didnt seem to mind either. I dont crimp my wrist like our recent President does, my writing is very good and I'm often complimented on it. When the son's came along I did my best to hand them their baby spoons in their right hand. I succeeded with one, but the other, would scowl at me, change over to his left and eat happily away. I just accept it all, it's just life.

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    1. My two daughters are right handed, it seems to have jumped a generation as my grandmother was left handed. I just grew up thinking it was natural to be awkward. I can't dance either.

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