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Diary Of A Lefthander

Right-handed student desksWe had an email recently from Divine in The Phillipines suggesting that we should publish real people's day-to-day experiences with being left-handed and she sent us an entry from her diary…
 
Dear Diary,
       Today I was really nervous. It was my first day at school! Can you believe it? Once I entered the room I expected to see perhaps a few lefties' desks but no! All of them are righty! I know three more of my classmates are lefty, but that doesn't matter to them. Well it matters to me! . I hope a new lefty desk gets ordered and I should sit on it!!!!
 
Your secret whisperer,
Divine
 
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25 comments on “Diary Of A Lefthander
  1. Terry says:

    Yes, I agree that real, live, experiences are so helpful. My son had a stroke and has one side of his body that is ‘functional’ He’s had to switch from being right-handed to becoming left handed; this, of course, also affected his speech since in the speech center of the brain was affected.
    I don’t hear much about left-handed individuals that are also limited to that side.
    Would be interesting.
    Terry

    • John Law ll says:

      I don’t mind being heft handed at all. People have realized we are just as good or better in some things. Even though it’s we’re a small portion of the population I’m proud of it!

  2. Dina says:

    When I write, I can’t see my writing so each line I would write to the right a little more to see my writing. I would keep going more and more to the right and create a diagonal line of words. This is why I love poetry, I will write one word per line and be so thankful for finally not smudging anything, and being able to see my work!!!

  3. Holly says:

    Anyone else noticed these…

    – At Underground/Metro/Rail stations – the barriers that are opened by feeding your ticket through always have the ticket feedthrough bit on the right hand side. I sometimes find this tricky to navigate (especially if carrying bags). I end up feeding the ticket through left handed (right hand too fumbly!) and sort of shuffling through the barrier backwards/sideways.

    – Banks – a lot better now to be fair but they always used to have the pens chained on the right side and a chain too short to accommodate lefties (or it got in the way while writing)

    – Ladies – did any of you struggle when first wearing a bra?! My right-handed Mum finally twigged that I was struggling so much with the clasp because it favoured righties (or was that one really just me?!).

    – Necklaces… when I buy a new necklace I always have to take the pendant off, and feed it back on the other way so the clasp can be worked by my left hand and the pendant still be the right way around.

  4. Holly says:

    My Mum bought my also left-handed boyfriend a left-handed tin opener for Christmas. I cannot believe how easy opening tins is now!! I was so used to a constant battle and frustration with tins that I had resorted to trying to only buy tins with ring-pulls (sometimes having to buy a more expensive product). It is now like a completely different task. It sounds like a mundane thing but it really made me wonder how many other things I maybe struggle through that could be much easier and smoother with the right tools?! I have scissors already but I think kitchen knives – especially a bread knife/serrated knife – might be next on the wish list! Sick of slopey bread slices!

    On a side-note – I remember walking into a room full of those desks too! I had to sit in a weird contorted position or just rest my notepad on a hardback book on my lap.

  5. Sourabh motagi says:

    Congratulations to all left handed people because being left handed
    It is my own experience that when we sit in the class there is problem with sitting with right handed people because of hande clashes , then right handed people always blem we people
    Then I always use to say don’t sit with me
    And I many times sit with left handed friends

  6. Jane Cordner says:

    I can never lock or unlock doors with a bunch of keys. I always get the key stuck and can’t get the key out much to my husbands annoyance

  7. Hamid says:

    Hi I happened to come across this page while looking online at how to get a fountain pen flowing. I have never noticed for example that there were only rightie desks at school as Divine has mentioned. I am 31 and I do not remember there being any concessions or help for left handers at all. Maybe it is becoming more prevalent now and I am glad that I found this website because I did not realise the style of writing is affected by this and that there are actually left handed pens! Call me stupid but I am genuinely surprised and excited at the same time of what I can learn from here. GOOD JOB guys!! LEFTIES RULE!!

    Cheers,

    Hamid

  8. John Law ll says:

    When I went to school. My teacher told me if I didn’t start being right handed she said she would fail me. She knew my name so when she read my homework, so she would lower my grad . But I told her I wouldn’t chang . Then one time we had a report to do. He was right hande . I asked to do his report and don’t put your name on it, and I would do the same. Then we laid them on her des . She read both of them real clea . Then she wonder who wrote the . Then he sign his and I signed min . Then I told her, don’t you ever again you can’t read my writing because I’m left hande . She got mad at me, then she realized she couldn’t lower my grade . I won the battle yeah !!!

  9. Neil Bellers says:

    Greetings to all lefties…my birthday today and near enough the 46th anniversary of going to the ‘big school’ to face the blotchy terror of scratchy ink fountain pens without a lefty nib…despite that, grammar schools were worthwhile! If only I had known that there could have been help out there for anything-lefty. Fortunately only one instance in the next 6 years, before leaving school, of right/wrong-handed desks and in fact I did try to use my right side (not for writing of course) in order to ‘feel more balanced’ eg throwing a rugby ball, or holding the flag when I was the touchjudge for school matches. Playing football I trained myself to try to kick and pass well with either foot, although you can see some Premier League players these days who are lacking in that skill.
    When I had to sit next to a right-hander (most of the time of course)
    in the alphabetical system of pairs of desks, I did try to work a move to be on his left so that we did not ‘clash’ (elbows)! Playing for the school chess team was in fact a good move as the board was on the individual desk or table, so all I had to do was move the board slightly more to the right, giving me the lefty space for the notebook to write my moves, as was required, and the righty opposite had the space on his right side suitable for him/her. If 2 lefties; we had to get a bigger table! Today a brief discussion of leftyness ‘balance’ on the BBC radio waves:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p047l6hw
    For example, I use the mouse for the laptop righthanded, which gives me the advantage for using my notepad and pen on the left side for writing. The same applies to using the phone with my right ear/hand.
    Best wishes to all, from NeilB.

  10. Yvonny Pesase says:

    Dear Diary,
    I used to go to a public school and they have few leftie’s desk so I survived but when I decided to transfer to a private school,I was shocked that there are no lefties desk , even one .
    It was hard .

    Asking for a magic,
    Yve

  11. SURESH ALUR says:

    DEAR SIR,

    THIS IS REGARDING LEFTIES DESK, I WISH TO INFORM U THAT NOW I AM 58 YRS, WHEN I GOT ADMITTED TO 1ST YEAR IN SCHOOL, I HAD THE SAME ISSUE, IN THE SCHOOL I WAS ONLY ONE WRITING IN LEFT HAND, SCHOOL DID NOT PROVIDE ME ONE WITH LEFT SIDE DESK, I HAD TO LOOSE ONE YEAR AND GO TO ANOTHER SCHOOL WHERE COMMON DESK WHERE 4 STUDENT SIT.

  12. Angel says:

    I hated those bleeping ‘righty’ desks. Being left handed, my arm was always ‘hanging’ with no place to rest it, when writing, like those right handed. I don’t think back in the ’60s, they made ‘lefty’ desks.

    The only other problem I had in school was one English teacher holding up my paper and asking if anyone could read my ‘chicken scratching’, as I slanted my writing to the left instead of the right. One student, a boy, raised his hand and told the teacher that was the way I was supposed to write, as I was left handed.

  13. B'Elanna says:

    So, I come from a family of 6 boys and 2 girls. You would think that out of 8 kids at least 2 of them would turn out left-handed, but no in fact not even my parents are left-handed. So when I little I was picked on a lot, even the teachers would scold at me because I couldn’t use; scissors; rulers and stuff correctly plus I struggled with a lot of my subjects. So my wonderful classmates came to the conclusion that it was because I was “special” due to my left-handedness. Obviously, this got me down and it kept happening until grade 7 and I was finally accepted and some people actually thought it was cool. Even to this day people still get mind boggled about how we have to adapt to this ‘right-handed’ lifestyle, and how there is very few of us in the world. I’ve had some of my peers apologise and I’m just like, “Yo, just chill it’s not really anyones fault, I mean to be fair the reason why most things are designed for right-handers is because the majority of the world is so yeah. Plus we have survived this long with having to adapt some of our ways, so we can still hold out until the day that the availability for left stuff is more common.” 🙂

  14. Allison Barton says:

    Dear Diary,

    Today I decided to wear a watch on my left hand instead of my usual right hand. The time adjustment knob kept digging into my skin and leaving a dent in its place, but it served as a reminder that left handedness is what makes me unique. Thanks, watch, for the lovely beauty mark!

    Your very own body,
    Ally the lefty

  15. Mohammed Adhnan says:

    Lefthandedness is not a disease,but a mode of reaction which we use to measure the quality of the society. A question might arise that how do Lefthandedness measures the prestige of a society.Left handers are the rear abled creatures amongst the human being as they are very few in numbers. Thus their abilities and skills should be promoted and thus encouraged often through the distinct potential they possess. once I have felt prosperity while I was attending a class. The teacher asked to solve a maths problem fastly but I was the first person who got the toughest decimal number within seconds. I was proud of myself being a lefthander. My teacher wondered on me and observed me for sometimes. She noticed that I use to write the notes with my left hand and therefore embraced my skill and told that that was the very rare case who could write with left hand and they had such extra ordinary potential to do something better than others. I was thinking how different am I who got such a big skill. Sometimes this will be my turning point. A firm or society will be seeking for a distinct person and I hope that talented man’s name and life will resemble mine… A great story of a young boy

  16. Jackie says:

    Bristol Airport – are any of you left-handed? What about the plumbers who installed your Ladies Loos ? Think about it. Where did they put the proximity flush button ? It isn’t nice to sit on an aeroplane with wet knickers. I don’t like you.

  17. J.Jackson says:

    I am newly married and nervous around my mother in law in the kitchen. She was showing me how to cut green onions the way she does and for some reason I could not do it! I was sliding the knife from the bottom up! I was so embarrassed! Finally she walked off and I realized I just needed to turn the cutting board around so my lefty cutting technique could properly work. Life of a lefty! 🙂

  18. Douglas says:

    I would ask “Divine” to think it through a bit. Reverse the scene. Have a room filled with only left-handed desks and the right handed people not only must use them, they also now must write from right to left; from their furthest extremity in towards their body. By asking for a “leftie” desk this absurd scenario is what you are asking for yourself. I have always felt that the supposed “left-handed desk” was the invention of a right handed fool. When I was in elementary school there were four of us that often spent at least one recess a day re-doing our penmanship (it used to be important). One day I noticed that all four of us were left handed. This was my “ah ha” moment. I realized the problem was the right handed teacher, not the left handed student. That day I threw out everything a right hander had tried to teach me and thought it through myself, eventually developing very nice handwriting. The key was the realization that all the approaches that believed a left-hander just had to reverse a few things (like the angle and positioning of the paper), all made the same logical error. If even one thing is reversed, EVERYTHING must be reversed, and that includes now writing from the right to the left.

    The oldest know written languages are written from right to left which is the natural stroke of a left handed person. I just tell everyone that God is left handed and set it up to be done that way. Writing from left to right is a corruption of the original. But since we “lefties” are the only ones in our “right” mind, it’s not surprise that the rest of the world has it backwards.

  19. sistinaS says:

    I’m a 53 year old lifetime, lefthander. When I say lifetime, I mean that literally from infancy, I fancied my left hand for all tasks requiring any degree of dexterity or strength. My early education consisted of old school parochial formality, which did not include any concessions regarding natures’ choice for me. It was declared open warfare for several years from which I emerged the victor.

    (I am also a fine artist of sorts. And the only lefthander in my family)

    I was delighted by the gift of my first pair of left-handed scissors when I was 23 years old. I cannot express the magnitude of the world that opened up to me with that seemingly simple gift. Thirty years later and I’ve discovered a universe of implements designed with those like myself in mind. I hope Divine gets her proper desk. I wish that I had.

    Right hand impaired and proud,
    sistinaS

  20. Isabel says:

    I hate being called a “leftie” – we do not call people “righties”. I am not different – I am just someone who writes with their left hand and it does not impact on my life at all! Think positive!

    • Mirudula says:

      Isabel,first u think positive,be glad that u r recognized from a group of 40 people due to ur left handedness,think in this way

  21. Jennifer says:

    Being left handed I have learnt to cope with having to occasionally do ‘things’ right handed all my life. One thing that irritates me slightly is that when I swipe my credit card at the checkout, after two or so attempts with my left hand, I have do to change over, and swipe with my right hand. These eftpos machines are definitely for right handed people.

    Fortunately I was never forced to use my right hand as a child and have grown up feeling very special as a left handed member of a minority group, and proud of it.

  22. Janet says:

    I was the only left handed person in my classroom. Was punished for sitting
    crookedly in my desk chair sitting sideways time and again. So glad this issue is being discussed, it’s a bit late for me but not for others.

  23. Will says:

    I remember the joy of the first time, it was in college, that I came across a lefthanded desk. At first I did not know how to slide into the seat for all the past years. It just made me so happy. And only the other Southpaws understood my feelings. Thank you, Divine, for helping me recall this moment.

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