Happy Left-Handers Day! I’ve always been proud of being left-handed, even when it’s made things more difficult and/or uncomfortable. I have adapted in certain areas (master right-handed scissors operator right here) but there are still challenges in this right-handed majority world.
Is it so much to ask to have a left-handed desk available in my classrooms? I once had to take a three hour essays only final exam sitting sideways because all the desks were built for righties. I would’ve rather sit on the floor but they wouldn’t allow that. This reminds me that I should stakeout my classrooms when school starts and see what the desk situation is…
I’m sure I complained as a kid about being left-handed because kids get picked on for anything that makes them different. But really if it wasn’t my opposite handedness, it would be my freckles, or my lack of height, or my overindulgence in books, or my continued deficiencies in gym class that the kids would go after me for.
However, the only time as an adult that I wished to be right-handed was after my tendonitis surgery. Six months later and my dominant hand is still not at 100%. Movement is good and I can grip things tightly - just not for long periods of time. I’ve been doing strengthening exercises but I feel like I’ve hit a wall and am not going to get any better. Writing by hand for more than a few minutes is very painful. Still. It’s very disheartening.
I’ve got to keep hope for a full recovery. Today is a day to be proud of my left hand for everything it has done for me and how it’s just one more thing that makes me unique :)