August 13th is International Left-Handers’ Day.
Yes, there’s a holiday to celebrate being left- handed. The purpose is to educate right-handed people about the troubles we lefties go through living in a righty world.
Whether right-handed people care is another story.
The Left-Handers’ Day website suggests activities to make your right-handed friends do as a lefty, including:
- Cook something in the microwave (note the placement of the controls)
- Open a wine bottle
- Peel vegetables
- Cut with scissors
- Eat and drink
- Use the computer keypad (again note the placement)
- Write in a spiral notebook (ouch)
- Write with a pen, period (attempting to not get smudges on your hand)
We lefties are forced to adapt in a right-handed world. I swear half of my back/shoulder problems have something to do with the fact that I have to constantly move my left arm over to my right to do simple things like open a door.
Luckily, there are some pretty cool websites out there where you can purchase items specifically made for left-handed people. I wish I had access to some of these items when I was younger. Anything Left-Handed and Lefty’s Left Handed (the online store for Lefty’s San Francisco, which I fully intend to visit when I’m in the area in October) are two great resources for both lefty products and information.
Since half my family is left-handed, with my littlest one a lefty, I think we can have some fun today.
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