Most right-handed people will probably skip over this post. They most likely feel like it doesn’t have anything to do with them. Most of us left-handed people won’t notice. We’re used to people ignoring our left-handedness.
At work, I move the mouse over to the left side on shared computers when I’m using them. Yup, I want to use the mouse with my left hand. I don’t move it back to the right when I’m done. I figure you might have to move it if you use a computer after me. But, consider I have to move it EVERY time I use the computer, because it’s never set up on the left.
Most of you righties think being left-handed is about comfortable scissors for us. And a lot of it is. Maybe you think about desks in school. If you’re not first in the classroom to claim a left-handed desk, it’s tough making a go of writing assignments. Do they still use pens and pencils in schools? If they do, it might interest you to know you can buy left handed writing sets on Amazon. If you love a lefty, you can buy them a complete left-handed College Set (Also available for left-handed middle schoolers). I didn’t even know that was a thing.
Other things you might not know were available for left-handed people:
- Notebooks – YES! I use one that’s bound at the top
- Kitchen Utensils (?)
- Can Opener – Good Idea
- Tape Measure – (?)
- Guitar – Okay
- Watch – Not Sure
- Computer keyboard (Numbers on Left)
- A Left Handed Sauté Spoon (from Le Creuset) ???
- Holster – Makes Sense
- Playing Cards (?)
- Mouse – YAY!
- AND…Chopsticks for Left Handed Children
Obviously, a lot of it’s marketing. But there are some great ideas out there. So… being left-handed is a different mindset. You are often the odd man out. You may adapt, but some things remain awkward.
You want to arrange your kitchen differently than the rest of the world. When a look at a magazine, I like to browse from back to front. With a juicy gossip magazine, it doesn’t make any difference, since the stories are two pages, tops. Bowling balls are tough, believe it or not. You do, in fact, drag your hand through ink when writing (we call this the “inky pinkie”). The alternative is making people stare as you exhibit the left-handed writing contortion technique. Then your hand stays clean, but you get cramps in weird places. I prefer inky.
My mother is left-handed. None of my kids are left handed except for my stepson, Andrew. My Stepfather is left handed. When my Mom was growing up, they smacked you on the hands at school if you were left handed. I’m glad they stopped doing that by the time I went to school.
When people notice you’re left-handed, they feel obligated to remark on it. It’s usually “You know what they say… left handed people are in their right mind. HaHaHa!” Here’s the joke I tell to left handed people who I meet:
“You know what they say about right-handed people?”