Two broken bones – not mine, but just a short while after this photo (which I posted a couple of days ago) was taken, my poor daughter slipped over and broke her right wrist in two places. I guess we must be thankful for small mercies – she is left handed.
Neither her father or myself are left handed, and yet two of our three offspring are. Apparently when one parent is left handed, the chances of their children being so is around 50%. When neither parent is, that possibility shrinks to just 2%. For two right handed parents to produce two left handed children is highly unusual. I always knew my children were amazing!
Whilst I never insisted that my children do things with their right hand (as they did in Victorian times by tying the left hand behind the back or rapping knuckles with a ruler), neither did I make concessions to left-handedness. I never bought special scissors or cutlery, or allowed them to eat with their knives and forks in the wrong hands as some left-handers do. It seemed no hardship for them, they simply got on with doing things the way they were shown but with the ‘other’ hand. My son played cricket and still plays guitar right handed after being taught by right handed people.
It is thought that in left-handers the right side of the brain will dominate. Since this is the side which controls imagination and creativity, it’s not surprising that they are reputed to tend towards being artistic. It’s certainly the case with my son, though less obvious in my daughter.
Have you heard the term ‘southpaw’ applied to left-handers? I have used it jokingly when talking to my children but had no idea what it meant. Now I know: it comes from the baseball arrangement where is placed in the diamond facing east to avoid the afternoon sun. A pitcher who is left handed will have his pitching arm, therefore, towards the south – hence southpaw. Since I have no understanding of basketball rules, I’ll have to believe what I read – ( https://www.history.com/news/ask-history/why-are-left-handers-called-southpaws).
So, my little southpaw, if you’re reading this, I hope you will be feeling much better soon X