Yes, I confess. I am a Lefty.
I am one of five children, all of whom displayed an early tendancy for the left appendage.
My grandmother (paternal) told my Dad: "Left-handed people have a hard time getting along in a right-handed world."
So, every time any of my three sisters or brother started picking up a crayon, fork, ball, with their left hands, my parents would gently admonish them, and they "encouraged" use of their right hands. I now have four right-handed siblings.
I'm the only hold-out. But as a result of all my parents' valiant efforts to save me from a life of left-handed misery, I am pretty much ambidextrous.
Some things you "rightys" out there might not even think about:
- Most door knobs and locks are on the right side of any door.
- People give oaths raising their right hand.
- Musical instruments are all made for right-handed people (even the piano; the majority of the scale is played with the right hand).
- People shake hands with the right hand.
- Mouse(s) for computers are geared (and in some cases molded) toward right-handed use.
- Good things are done by the "Right Hand of God".
- To be seated to the right of someone in power is considered a compliment.
- Scissors are (generally) made for right-handed people; as the only left-handed child in my grade school class, there was only one pair of left-handed scissors and they went in a separate box :( .
- Spiral bound notebooks are made for right-handed people.
- Power buttons tend to be on the right side of things with a power button.
- Light switches in rooms tend to be on the right side in the door (as you face out of a room).
I'm not asking for pity; but do one thing.
Try to use your mouse with your left hand (if you're right-handed).
That's how the world feels to me every day (but I'm used to it by age 37).
I wonder if the whole right-brain, left brain thing is true? Check it out; it's pretty cool.
I wonder what it means for someone like me who's ambidextrous?