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Monday, 24 November 2008

Being Left-Handed

I never saw much in being left-handed; no one ever made anything of it (apart from people saying, "Don't you write strangely?" er...no??) but I know of other people for whom it was a major issue. It was amazing to me that, according to a recent TV documentary, George VI's stammer came from his father insistance that he write with his right hand. Maybe our brains work differently, or maybe nowadays something is being made of something that is of no significance.

Having grown up in a right-handed world, I can't use left-handed scissors or many of the other things which are now created to accommodate us left-handed people. The biggest thing for me was being unable to sew or knit until I read something about how these things are taught to us by right-handers and we are trying to battle against something that comes naturally to us...But I guess my brain has been so busily working to be right-handed that these things are just too befuddling for it.

A few famous left-handers include - Leonardo Da Vinci, Lewis Carroll, Franz Kafka, Thomas Carlyle, Bob Dylan, Prince William (good for him!) etc. etc. It's fun to be different..a bit like those people who have a different blood group...and that's another story....

I'd like to hear of other people's left-handed experiences....


Carole Seawert said...

I, too, struggle to use left-handed scissors because I only gotmy first pair last year. However, my set of left-handed knives are excellent. Means I can cut thin, even slices. I was always branded cack-handed at cutting but now I know it was simply because I was using the wrong implement.

Christina said...

Oh how interesting...left-handed knives! I've not seen those...Cake forks are rather a problem unless you use them backwards :-).

Thank you for your comment!

Carole Seawert said...

Hi, you can get knives here. The company that sells them are UK based.


Christina said...

Thank you, Carole! And I have been to your website and love it! The list of interesting facts about left-handers is really interesting and, I am ashamed to say, I had quite forgotten that Queen Victoria was left-handed!! Thanks for the reminder! Will be returning to read more on your site!


Marilyn Braun said...

I used to be left-handed. My father, coming from a different generation where left-handedness was frowned upon, taught me to use my right hand instead. At least that's what I've been told. Had my father not told me this I wouldn't have even known. I still have some left-handedness - when I eat I have to hold my dinner knife with my left hand. It just doesn't feel comfortable to do otherwise. And I never realized I was doing it until someone pointed it out to me. Otherwise I use my right hand for almost everything.

Christina said...

I play tennis with my right hand (well...on the rare occasions I play tennis!!) but I used to play the violin left-handedly (and very badly!). I used to use cutlery as right-handers do, simply because that was how the table was set, until my teens when I just slipped back into uing my left hand - and have done that more comfortably ever since. I was never corrected
for being left-handed and it always takes me by surprise when I hear real stories of people who were given a difficult time about it, or those who had it 'corrected'. Thank you for writing of your experiences :-).