Wordless Wednesday: Happy Left Handers Day!

It’s International Left Handers Day! Are you a lefty like me? Read more about Left Handers Day, shop at my favorite left-handed store, or visit my All Things Left-Handed tumblr site.

Or, take this test to see just how left-handed you really are.

If you are right-handed, take a moment to try and do something left-handed today. It’s our day!

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Wordless Wednesday (8.13.14): Happy Left Handers Day!

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Right-handed wite-out?

So I was doing a bit of organizing the other day and needed to use some wite-out. I was re-using a label for a file folder (because it’s good to recycle and I need to do a Staples run). All I needed to do was white out the previous writing on the label. Pretty simple.

I went into my little box of random office supplies and pulled out the only apparent white out apparatus that I had. This correction tape, which I can only assume came from my husband’s stash of office supplies, is what I found.

20120116-093154.jpgThe problem with this correction tape is that it is not meant for left-handed people. When I went to dispense the white tape on my label, all I managed to do was get it twisted. Nothing actually covered the label. I tried a few times before giving up. Maybe it’s broken, I thought to myself.

Later that evening, I asked my husband what I was doing wrong. He immediately got the correction tape to work, though the white strips that came out were all clumped and twisted.

I awkwardly tried it with my right hand and still couldn’t get it to work.

“You’re doing it backwards,” he said.

“It’s not backwards to me,” I replied. “And that looks terrible,” referring to the gloppy correction tape my husband applied on my now dilapidated label.

“Well that’s because you ruined it,” he said.

“Well it’s a stupid product.” And then I threw it the correction tape away.

First syrup ladles and now wite-out.

I can’t win.

Being a mom to a righty and a lefty

I have become increasingly aware of my left-handedness since having children.

Not that being a lefty hasn’t been a challenge for the past 35 years.

I’ve had to constantly adjust to living in a right-handed world. Simple things like driving a stick shift and setting up a work station can be difficult at first. But, like most lefties, I simply adapt. I really don’t have much choice.

Growing up, I don’t remember a whole lot of people accommodating my left-handedness. Most of the people around me were right-handed.

Now that I think of it, my back issues probably stem from all that twisting I had to do for years in class so I could write in those right-handed desks.

I think of these things now because I am the mother of a righty and a lefty.

It’s an interesting experience, especially when I’m trying to teach my right-handed child to do things like swing a bat or tie his shoes. I teach him how I do it, and then I show him how he can do the same thing as a righty. Or, sometimes I show him while standing opposite him so he can mirror what I am doing. It has worked so far, though I noticed that he’s picked up some left-handed tendencies. (He ties his shoes like a lefty. Go figure.)

My little lefty, on the other hand, is a challenge because I find that I am already correcting people when they put things like crayons and spoons in his right hand. He’s a lefty, I tell them.

That’s when I become painfully aware that he’s going to have all the annoyances that I have had growing up.

While I certainly embrace my left-handedness, it can also be a nuisance. So, in honor of my two year old lefty, here are 5 advantages of being a lefty from Anything Left Handed:

  1. Being left handed is an advantage in many sports.
  2. Lefties have a greater chance of being a genius– or having a high IQ.
  3. Left handed men may make more money. (Unfortunately, left-handed women don’t have the same advantage.)
  4. Lefties are better able to multitask.
  5. Left-handed people are likely to be more visual than language-based, making them ideal for artistic pursuits.

With two righties and two lefties in the house (my hubby is a righty), I think both kids are pretty well accommodated.

I have to think that there is some sort of advantage to growing up with that balance in your household.

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