Lefty in a Right Handed World

What seems like a long time ago, I was in a shop with my mom and she pointed to a clock similar to the one pictured here and asked me what time it was. I read the time without skipping a beat which shocked her. For example this clock shows 10 o’clock.  However, you Righties might see 2 o’clock. Don’t believe me? Take away the numbers on the clock and it would be 2 o’clock.

Welcome to our world.

I was born left handed. My mom is left handed. Everyone else in our family is right handed. Most of my life I have been around Righties. Right now, I’m the only one here at my store that is a Lefty. I did one time have a team of 9 of us and 3 were lefty. That was fun.

Growing up, I did almost everything Right handed. I use to play a lot of sports as a kid and learned them all as a Righty since that is how I was taught. I was big into baseball / softball and would catch with a right handed mitt and toss the glove to throw it. I did learn to throw right handed but it looked like I threw “like a girl” as they say. As a lefty, I had a way better arm. Later I would get a left handed glove and was amazed how much better it was. I remember one day I was batting and a teacher pointed out I was left handed, so why did I always bat right handed. I shrugged saying “I don’t know”. He had me switch sides and WHACKKK a home run on my first try. I definitely liked the left side better after that.

I didn’t always have my left glove so I continued to play either way and years later when I learned to golf, I learned right handed at first for the same reason. No left handed clubs were available. When I borrowed clubs, these courses were lucky to have a putter and 2 other left handed clubs. No wonder I tend to use the same clubs for all shots.

Don’t even get me started on scissors. To this day, I can not cut as a lefty to save my life. Growing up with Right handed scissors ruined me for the rest of my life. Even when using Left handed scissors, I can’t cut a straight at all. If you want a rolly line and all kiddy wampass for your scrapbook, just hand me some left handed scissors. I’m your gal. Even when I worked for Home Depot and we got those safety knives with the button you hold down then release, they were right handed. I had to learn to flip them over and use my finger vs thumb. When they finally had left handed ones years later, I almost cut myself so many times since I was so use to use them upside down. I never could use them.

The great part of being left handed is I have neat Stupid Human Trick I can do. I can write upside down and backwards. It comes in handy when sitting across from people. You don’t even have to flip the paper. If you are a lefty, try it, I bet you can do it too.

We lefties also rarely- if ever – use cursive. We tend to print. Why? Take your left hand and pretend to write. You notice we push our pencil and you righties pull yours. So our palms becomes instant erasers. (this fact does save thousands on little pink things on end of pencils).

And before you ask, no I write correctly. I don’t do that left handed twist my arm all wacky to write. Although my best friend in High School did. Just watching her made my wrist ache. This probably came about from those sill desks that were set up for right handed people. We had to hold our pencils funny to use it.

Most left handers are naturally ambidextrous in many things. I guess it is the perk we get for being forced to learn most things twice. Once the “Right” way, then the “Correct” way.

Yep, you might be right, but we are correct. Lefties rule. Plain and simple. We are more unique. That is why there are so few of us. Ha Ha, I’m making you jealous now. You are wishing you could join our club. But nope, just like the club house sign says – “NO RIGHTIES ALLOWED”     🙂

So unless you can read our clock, don’t even knock.
~~~~ till we laugh again~~~~

0 thoughts on “Lefty in a Right Handed World

  1. photosfromtheloonybin

    Lefties rock!!!!!! I absolutely loved this post. It made me feel like I’m part of the most awesome club in the world! And we are better than everyone else because we can be so versatile. I feel sorry for my Mom. She was born into that time when they forced lefties to become righties. What a shame – she was never able to become part of our club! Hey, here’s something to check out. You know the “left handed twist my arm all wacky to write” thing you were talking about. I know you said your female friend wrote like that, but I have found that it is mostly the male lefties that use that “technique”. I could be wrong, but that is what I have noticed. Again, great post!!

    1. tadams4u

      Why thank you! our club does rock! Plus I love how small we are. Lol

      I feel bad for those that did get converted. I had a friends mom who was. She never wrote well right handed and never wanted to learn The left way.

      Now that you mention it, most have been guys that write that way. How funny .

      Glad u liked it!

  2. Dienna

    Wow, interesting post! As a right-handed person, I liked getting a glimpse of what it’s like for someone who’s left-handed.

    And yes, I immediately saw that the clock’s numbers were reversed (save for 12 and 6 being in their usual places).

  3. Lenore Diane

    My two kids are lefties – my husband is a lefty. I’m the oddball in the family. Of course, I’m referring to the fact that I am right-handed, though they would claim I was an oddball in other areas, too.
    Great post!

    1. tadams4u

      WOW, you are surrounded. Now picture having to do everything their way vs your natural way. That is a unique insight for sure. And if you are an oddball, then that already makes you an honorary lefty! And as an Oddball you fit right in on my blog too! 😀

  4. kewsmith

    We are a special lot. I can’t cut at all and cursive- forget it. I slanted backwards when I was young and, I swear, a teacher told me teachers at colleges would not accept my papers. This was back when you occasionally turned in handwritten papers. Anyway I changed my handwriting and now, well, it’s horrible.

    1. tadams4u

      Funny. I print it all too. I find most lefties do. I never twisted my arm bit I do turn the paper side ways sometimes. I even had one teacher think I was showing my paper to another kid. Even tho I always had my paper like that. Even funnier… He was left handed too. You think he would have understood. Lol

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