In spite of what the title of this post might suggest, today we are not going to delve into politics. Nope. Instead, I want to get back to the most elementary left and right in our lives — our hands.
Are you a lefty or a righty?
Here in Jenworld, we are a 75/25% split in favor of righties. On an oddly related note, we are also a 75/25% split in favor of September birthdays, with the lone lefty having a birthday in May. I don’t believe there is a correlation, but mention it just because.
I’m not at all surprised that I’m the only lefty in my household, as I’m used to being in the minority. Most of the time, I don’t think about it at all. But then I’ll observe one of my three resident loved ones doing something like tying their shoes and I’ll think, “Wow, how is that even possible the way they’re doing it?” Seriously, if you asked me to show you how my people tie their shoes, I don’t think there’s any way I could replicate it.
Because I’m a total Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong, I generally assume that the way I tie my shoes is the correct way; however, the fact is, I remember that my parents (both righties) were unable to teach me how to tie my shoes and eventually my one left-handed aunt sat me down and worked with me until I figured it out. Thirty years later, I didn’t even bother trying to teach that one to my girls — I outsourced it to Pete, who handled it.
In the kitchen, we’ve had to make a few accommodations so that the primary meal-preparer (me) has tools that I can actually use. For example, we don’t even have this kind of vegetable peeler, as I can’t use them without mangling vegetables and also my fingers. Even if said tools are labeled as capable of being used by all kinds of people, I can assure you that someone in Vegetable Peeler Marketingland is LIE. ING. Instead, we use this kind and I am able to peel cucumbers, carrots, and whatnot successfully and without needing stitches afterward.
On a related note, someone gave my family a bow knife a few years ago and it’s sitting unused in a drawer because I cannot use the damn thing. I tried and the result was a loaf of bread that looked like it had been the victim of tragic chainsaw accident. Crumbs everywhere and nary a slice of bread in sight.
In spite of being very left-handed, I am completely and totally right-handed in other ways. Cutting with scissors, for example, is done with my right hand. In fact, when I’ve tried to use scissors made for lefties, I can’t even do it. I also use a computer mouse with my right hand and my left hand gets none of that action. In fact, I tried switching hands this morning (this is actually what made me think of this post) and I could barely get logged in and busy checking Facebook. I can’t even imagine the impossibility of navigating Pinterest if left (ha) to my left hand.
So what about the rest of you peeps? Who’s a lefty and who’s a righty and how lefty/righty are you or are you somewhat ambidextrous?
teaching the girls to tie their shoes