Are you left handed? I am! And I never knew this was leftie day! To me this day was always just the birthday of a springer spaniel I had as a girl named Abigail (she was an awesome dog!)
Anyway check out this post from Yoke. Well worth a read. When I was her little girl’s age, I did have some teahers who would have preferred I was not left handed. And these teachers were nuns at St. Mary’s in Society Hill. Fortunately for me, my mother decided to switch me to St. Peter’s at 4th and Pine where they embraced individuality and differences in children. But I digress…here is the Yoke post:
L is for Leftie (Yoke)
Just another silly day, you say?
Well, nay, nay.
(okay, that is ridiculous).
Left-Handers Day, held
annually on August 13 for the past 23 years, celebrates your right to be
Do you think the days of “forcing” children to be
right-handed are gone?
They aren’t, exactly.
Lily is a leftie. And while no one has ever forced her to be right-handed, there has been many, many times when teachers have assumed she is right-handed. They’ve corrected her hand. They’ve assumed incorrectly. And before my Lily began asserting herself; she would grow frustrated and just refuse to write.
But, now, my little leftie speaks up (it is all very much like the
American Revolution) for her right to be left-handed. And we’ve had to relearn how to do things to support her development. Like switching the mouse on the computer from right to left; and handing Lily pencils or scissors on her left side. We also turn the paper for her, so writing from right to left, is a little less arduous.
….So for today, the 23rd annual Left-Handers Day, I leave you will some fun leftie facts:
- Only 10-percent of the population is left-handed.
- Left-handedness is supposed to run in families–neither Mike nor I are lefties. But we have some distant relatives who are.
- Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.
- There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed
- Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
- Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing
- Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers
- 4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed
- 1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed – 250% more than the normal level.