Celebrating International Left Handers’ Day with All Things Left-Handed!

If you’ve paid attention to my Twitter bio or have followed this blog for some time, you know that I am a lefty.

I actually have a category called Being a lefty.

Being a left-handed person in a right-handed world can be annoying, and I like to write about it from time to time. I’m also a mom to a left-handed child which can present some interesting challenges, particularly with writing. Some of the most popular posts on this blog are about being left-handed, including:

Why am I sharing this with you? Because it’s International Left Handers’ Day! A day when left-handed people like me – 10% of the population – get to create their own “lefty zone” where everything must be done left-handed.

So go ahead and pick up an apple corer or wite out tape and see what happens when you use your left hand.

I also thought today would be a great day to officially launch my new Tumblr site dedicated to all things left-handed.

all things left-handed

Yup. I’ve been playing around with this site for a little while now, and International Left-Handers’ Day seemed the best day to officially go public with it. If I wasn’t completely unplugged last week, I might have thought of putting together a press release to go along with it. I suppose I still can.

For now, I’d love for you to check out the website allthingslefthanded.com. It’s a fun Tumblr blog where I curate lefty facts, quotes, stories, articles, products and more. I even created a Lefty Store

Are you on Tumblr? (I’m having a lot of fun with Tumblr, I will admit.)

You can also follow all things left-handed on Twitter. (Seriously, I could use some followers!)

Are you a lefty or the parent of a left-handed child?

My genius lefty

OK, so the post title is a bit presumptuous.

I’m not entirely sure that Biz is a genius. He’s probably not. (I hope not. Geniuses seem to be extremely misunderstood.)

But he’s been doing some backwards mirror writing and, well, my left-hander’s desk calendar pointed this out:

No doubt that Leonardo da Vinci was a genius. But he lacked a formal education and his natural mode of writing was left-handed mirror writing. In his personal notebooks the letters are written backward, and words and sentences read from right to left on the page. He used regular script only when he was writing to others.

Leonardo da Vinci, of course, was a lefty.

I’ve tried mirror writing before and found that it wasn’t as hard as I expected. As a lefty, I actually do find it easier to move from right to left. I often read articles and/or newspapers or magazines backwards. (Unfortunately, people don’t write the articles backwards so it takes some piecing together.)

I’m pretty sure I’m not a genius, but it’s interesting to note that backwards mirror writing is easier for us lefties.

When shopping for some boots and gloves this weekend, Biz wrote his name twice.

Here’s how he wrote his name on a chalkboard in LL Bean:

mirror writing

Biz doing some mirror writing in LL Bean.

On the chalkboard, he wrote his name as if he were mirror writing.

Here’s how he wrote his name at the restaurant before eating lunch:

upside down writing

Biz wrote his name upside down so that we could all read it.

At the restaurant, he wrote his name upside down. We could read it, but it was upside down to him. He didn’t flip the placemat or anything.

He didn’t flinch in either case. He just wrote. In fact, I almost think upside down mirror writing was easier to him than writing his name normally. We usually have to help him write B-I-Z.

Of course, at not quite 4, he’s still getting the hang of the writing thing. He’s still learning his letters and figuring out how to hold a pencil properly. But I don’t remember G ever writing backwards. His letters may have looked backwards from time to time, but G wouldn’t write an entire word backwards or upside down.

Genius? Maybe not. But it is kind of curious.

Does your child ever do mirror writing or write upside down? Are they left-handed or right-handed?

International Left-Handers’ Day: Celebrate Your Lefty-ness

It’s that time of year again. International Left-Handers’ Day! A day where us left-handers celebrate our superiority.

Or something like that.

There are press releases and an official website.

Some of my most popular posts on this blog are about being left-handed or the parent of a left-handed child. So, I know my lefties are out there.

Being a lefty, it’s hard to acclimate to certain situations. Sitting down to a meal with friends or cutting a piece of paper can be a challenge.

But, not today. Today, us lefties are encouraged to celebrate our left-handedness and make our right-handed friends and family members acknowledge our differences and even try to do things left-handed.

If you are not left-handed and don’t quite understand what the fuss is all about, take a look at this post about the 18 Worst Things For Left-Handed People.

Spiral notebooks suck, righties. They just suck. I might also add to this list: apple corers, right-handed wite-out and ladels.

There are some advantages to being left-handed as well. Some say we’re smarter and more creative. Others just say we’re doomed. Following are the 10 most powerful lefties in the world:

  1. Barack Obama – US President
  2. Bill Gates – founder of Microsoft
  3. Benjamin Netanyahu – Prime Minister of Israel
  4. Oprah Winfrey – TV personality and media owner
  5. Hugo Chavez – President of Venezuela
  6. Michael Bloomberg – New York Mayor
  7. Fidel Castro – President of Cuba (up to 2008)
  8. Bill Clinton – past US President
  9. David Cameron – UK Prime Minister
  10. Felipe Calderon – President of Mexico

Not too shabby.

My two favorite left-handed sites are celebrating by holding Facebook contests and raising awareness for teacher training and the needs of left-handed children. My left-handed son will only start pre-school this fall, so I haven’t addressed the teacher thing. I’m not sure it’s an issue yet, but it’s an interesting topic that I’ll be keeping my eye on.

Are you left-handed? How will you celebrate International Left-Handers’ Day?

Read more of my posts on being a lefty (and a parent to a left-handed child)

Apple Corers, Cutting and Other Lefty Troubles

I’ve been a lefty all my life, but it seems like I’m more observant now of the issues I have from being left-handed. Maybe it’s because I blog a lot, and everything I observe becomes a blog post. More than likely, though, it’s because I have a three year old who is a lefty.

The other day, while putting together my older son’s lunch for school, I got frustrated because I couldn’t core an apple. What the heck am I doing wrong?

This was the problem:

right-handed apple corer

Not an apple corer for left-handed people.

I guess that’s why I don’t core apples often. I tend to have trouble with the coring part. Is it really that hard to put the serrated edges on both sides? I think the same person that made the apple corer made this ladle.

I also found myself having to order my little lefty some scissors last week. He’s been wanting to practice his cutting. (Though if you ask him, he knows exactly what he’s doing.) The problem is that he holds right-handed scissors in his left hand and uses them upside down. Awkward, to say the least.

So, I ordered him these:

lefty scissors

I had to order them because, despite calling around to a number of stores, I couldn’t find a local place that sold left-handed children’s scissors.

I found these scissors on Amazon (affiliate link), and they work great. Biz is already a pro with them (according to him). He especially likes the colors.

I seem to remember all the left-handed scissors being ugly and green when I was a child, as though we needed to point out the lefty kids who couldn’t cut like everyone else.

Maybe that’s why I cut with my right hand today. Terribly.

Are you a lefty? What issues have you had with every day activities?

Mirror Writing on Backwards Day

Today is Backwards Day, or so some websites tell me. Not sure what the point of Backwards Days is, but I thought I would use it to practice mirror writing. (Seems logical, right?)

I’ve read that lefties, in particular, are supposed to be good at mirror writing. Or, if you will, writing backwards so that when you put the paper in front of a mirror, you can read the words normally.

I took a pen and paper and wrote quickly without thinking too much about what I was doing to see if I could do it “naturally.” Here’s what I wrote.

mirror writing

Not too bad, I suppose. It kind of looks like my 6 year old’s writing, but it’s not that far off from my own typical chicken scratches. It actually got easier as I wrote the letters and my brain had the chance to adjust.

Have you ever tried mirror writing? Can you do it? I’m curious if it really is easier for lefties.

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