It’s All Right to Be Left




Today, August 13th, is International Left Handers Day. A day for my people!

Yes, I am left-handed. A lefty. A southpaw. A weirdo. The English word sinister is derived from the Latin word for “left”. Gauche, French for “left”, is used in English to describe someone who is lacking in the social graces.

See how well thought of we are?

Nevertheless, I’m in an exclusive club; it’s estimated about 11% of the world’s population is left-handed.

Mind you, I’m not strictly southpawed. I throw right-handed. I golf right-handed. I bowl right-handed. I dance right-handed. Wait a minute…

Anyway, most anything else, I do left-handed. Yes, even that.

Writing left-handed is really annoying, though: I smear ink everywhere. I can’t even write in pencil without getting lead all on the side of my hand. And you can forget about felt markers.

Crayons, I remember doing okay with.

I’m sure it’s because pens are made for right handers. They’re not, really, but a lot of other things are. Scissors come to mind right away. We lefties just have to adapt. Like I had to when I broke my left wrist, and had to use my right hand for everything. That was fun. Fortunately, that only lasted a few weeks.

Anyway, I just want to say, take a lefty to lunch today.

And watch him eat.


10 thoughts on “It’s All Right to Be Left

  1. Larry … although I do small motor skills (like writing) with my right hand, I do large motor skills (like batting, shoveling, sweeping, etc.) with my left hand. (Sound familiar … in a “through the looking” glass sort of way.

    I recall learning (or hearing) decades ago that there’s a slight genetic preference for handedness. It’s a weak preference that’s often overcome by environment, but a trace remains. You can check your preference as follows:

    1. Clasp your hands with the fingers of the two hands interlaced … like many do
    when they pray.
    2. Look at your hands and notice which thumb is on top.

    The thumb on top shows the handedness lurking in your genes. Try reversing the interleaving of all the fingers … so that the other thumb ends up on top. Unless you’re fully ambidextrous, that we feel less comfortable than the way clasped your hands when you did it without thinking.

    For what it’s worth, when I clasp my hands, the left thumb is on top. Maybe that explains my large motor skill left-handedness.

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    • Interesting theory that the top most thumb indicates your handedness preference. For tasks that require just a single hand, I’m right handed, but for tasks that need two hands, I’m very much a leftie.

      As for the clasping hands test, I’ve tried it at random intervals over the day. Five times with left thumb topmost and three times right thumb topmost. Reversing the interleaving doesn’t feel any different, but I don’t believe I’m really ambidextrous.

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