Next week, on the 13th August, people all across the Country taking part in National Left Handers Day, a celebration of being left handed, but also a recognition of some of the difficulties that left handed people face every single day. These days, we dismiss the chosen hand as merely a quirk of nature, something in our brains that makes the choice. But in the past being a left hander was thought to be somewhat ‘sinister’ (just check out the Italian word for left), and these days left handers still face lots of difficulties living in a right-handed world.
As an ex-teacher, I always made sure I had left handed scissors and pens in my classroom to cater for those who preferred that hand, but that was about as far as my interest went. But now I have a child of my own, my little boy Joe, who seemed to not have a preferred hand until very late into his nursery year. And when he did make the choice, he proved to be a left hander.
And he does have some problems. Sometimes he can’t make felt tips and pens work properly, as he tries to push them across the page rather than pull. Scissors are difficult to cut with, it looks more like he is ripping and tearing the paper than actually cutting it. And he forms some of his letters in a different way than I, (right handed) do. To give the right handed people an insight into what it is like to be left handed, Betta Living are challenging people to take the Betta Living Challenge and have a left handed day. using utensils like can openers and bread knives, garden tools and corkscrews, even golf clubs, all which are generally designed with right handed people in mind. I think this is a great idea, just an insight into the way some people live each day with difficulties which must be very frustrating at times.
I am trying to make life a little easier for my left handed son by picking up things like left handed scissors, pens and pencil sharpeners. His school produced a helpful sheet showing how Joe will form his letters and numbers. He is already proving to have a great left foot to match his left hand, so maybe a football career awaits. I love the fact that he is special, and in good company, with Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Paul McCartney, Julius Caesar, Bill Gates and Charlie Chaplin amongst other famous, creative and talented lefties. So we will be celebrating Left Handers Day next week by getting a little insight into Joe’s world.
You can find more information about Left Handers Day by visiting http://www.lefthandersday.com/
*Collaborative post in conjunction with Betta Living to raise awareness of Left handed day.