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128 comments on “Being LH Home
  1. TBetts says:

    I am a left handed person. My mother said they made me write right handed when I was young and I did but switched back. The wired thing about my situation is I’m a hairstylist and I cut right handed but hold my clippers in my left hand! As for annoying things lefties have to work with to me is spiral notebooks! Also the old fashioned desks they used to make that was for right handed people!

  2. J STEPHENS says:

    Both my husband and myself are natural left handed but in school many many years ago we were not allowed to use our left hands yet I seem to gravitate to some things with my left just naturally.
    One day he said to me. Honey, do you realize you eat half your meal left handed and the rest right, going back and forth?” I did no realize it
    He learned to have a beautiful handwriting but it was forced from the right side. And then he learned to write with either hand and both beautiful penmanship.
    I have been trying lately to write better with my left hand and I just know I am left handed person that was thrown into a right handed world.
    I did play tennis left handed and baseball left handed when I was a kid. Now at 70, I cook and bake more with my left hand. It is just the writing that is so messy
    How I wish you had been around when we were young. We were both forced to keep our left hand behind us or under us and would be in trouble when we did things left handed.
    so happy for young people today that left handed tools are out there and schools accept us for who we are. Thanks for the wonderful service you provide

  3. rick says:

    my son tried to work left handed for a day and said he almost lost his job!!

  4. rick says:

    Is Shania Twain left handed

  5. nikkolina says:

    oh and not to mention the only one out of my six sibblings that is a lefty, and i’m also a twin and my twin is a rightie…

  6. nikkolina says:

    im a lefty but the only thing i do right handed is play the guiter…im proud to be a lefty because im COOL LIKE THAT:)

  7. Samantha says:

    Happy Left Handers Day fellow Leftys!
    You know what would make this day truly amazing? If those right handers would understand.

    Today was supposed to be a great lefty day, right?
    Well, I tried.
    I was trying to celebrate this awesome day by trying to make my brothers fit into my shoes-er, if thats the saying.
    Anyway, I made my older brother cut with right handed scissors (you know, the “normal” scissors) in his left hand, then his right. Then I explained the different cutting motion, and the reversed blades, which he didnt understand. Of course.
    I showed him this website’s valuable info on lefty scissors, and showed him your lefty scissors video clip. He didn’t get how the scissors made such a difference in either hand. Well, what do you expect from a right hander sometimes 🙁 ?
    My other brother said “Leftys aren’t so special, you know.”
    Then my older wanted me to cut a circle right now. So I did my best, and he was like “Thats not how you do it. You’re exagerating.” Little did he know about lefties! I got so made at both their little “wise mouth” comments about leftys. I’m sick of those comments! Once he called leftys freaks!!!!!!!!! My friend called left handers an “endangered species.”
    Well, I’m the only lefty in my immediate family…what else is new for us leftys.
    I love being left handed…but why don’t people understand us?
    Hopefully my little story was helpful. Though I don;t know how it would be. Well then I hope you cant relate to my story, why would you want to? It’s a bad story of what happened today. I also got in trouble for waking up my little brother by saying “Happy Left Handers Day!”
    Check out the video called “Being Left Handed Sucks” on Youtube. I dislike the name… but the video is so true! It is by CallMeBrobles.
    So…Happy Left Handers Day, guys.
    Enjoy the rest of Our Day.
    -Sam

  8. sophie says:

    I’m almost 19 and a complete leftie! I never managed to play hockey because it wasn’t logical for me to hold the stick backwards. throughout school and college I’ve always been the centre of the left-handed attention, this is because i write almost weird, right handers tell me it’s upside down! Left handed scissors were almost like the lock ness monster! people have heard of them, and some people believe to have seen it, but I never had the use of them. Even now I still have the cutting ability of a much younger person than myself. it annoys me that I was taught to use a computer mouse with my right-hand because they presumed everyone was. although, when I use a laptop I will use my left-hand.
    When it comes to eating, I hold my fork in my left-hand which is right-handed! But using a spoon or a fork alone, I will always use my left hand. Sometimes, I actually forget which hand I hold my cutlery. I can never use tin openers which is very frustrating as i always have to ask someone for me! A strange, I hope it’s not me, but I can’t use nail scissors because they only seem to do them right-handed. It was only until recently I started using nail clippers! It was so embarrassing asking my mum to cut my toes still!

    I have also struggled learning to play an instrument because everyone shows me backwards, it gets a disheartening after a while. I can’t get on with notepads with spiral chords or chains because of the way I write! Very discriminative! I worked in a kitchen for 4 years so I learnt to adapt by peeling away from me but it would be nicer to do things properly!

    we are obviously more intelligent than right-handers, as we learn to do things twice! Rather than doing things the easy way! I have found I’m good at working out a problem by myself and I can multi-task well!

  9. Big Steve says:

    56yo left hander – I can only write with my left hand and prefer to use most tools left-handed as well. Played hockey at primary school so adapted early to RH for sports. As for eating, I have always used a knife and fork the conventional way round – this makes sense to me, as it is the left hand that delivers the food to the mouth. (it can get messy if I do it the other way round!). I always use a spoon with my left hand as well, for the same reason. What does become a problem is when desserts are served up with a spoon and fork – I want to use both in the same hand – Very confusing even now!
    Never had a problem with most RH scissors, unless the handles are moulded at an angle. In general I just wish the manufacturers would make the thumb-holes a bit bigger – scissors are not just for children and women!

  10. noel elliott says:

    as a left handed person,i must be unique as i have have never had any one commenting on me being a leftie,from school up to now,i am from a family of 8,and two of us are lefties,the things people commente don like opening and peeling things,but as i say no one has commented on me being a leftie,from what ive seen its us lefties that notice someone else is left handed.

  11. Jennifer Hayes says:

    Being a total leftie, there are several things that get my goat. I play computer games a lot and have to switch my mouse buttons to play them. There are several games which will not allow this option, so I can’t play them. Also, why do numerical keyboards (even the so called left-handed ones) have their numbers 1 2 3 instead of 3 2 1… I still can’t use them. I wrote mirror writing till I was about 9 years old so, very left handed! 😀

  12. Priscilla Nichols says:

    I grew up as a lefty not knowing any lefties anywhere in my family. I finally now have a left-handed granddaughter. When my grandma taught me to sew, she’d complain because I’d chew up fabric when I tried to cut it. It finally occurred to her that it might be because I’m left-handed. She bought me a pair of left-handed scissors. This was in the 60’s. I presuming it wasn’t easy for her to find them! Anyway, that
    took care of the problem. I was no longer chewing up the fabric!

  13. Jim Story says:

    66 yr old lefty. My Great grandmother who died at 89 back in 1959 couldn’t remember anyone in the family being a lefty. Growing up in a “right handed” world did do one thing for me, I’m ambidexterous. (Though not a good speller). Almost anything I do I can use either hand even though there are some strictly left handed things. The most important one is eating… If I ever break my left arm I’ll starve to death…..I do a lot of mechanical things and it amazes people when I change a wrench from hand to hand and back… Lefties will understand.. It’s a left handed thing……

  14. Lesley says:

    I am left handed and have never given it a great deal of thought! I have learned to get on with it! Tin openers are a pain as are potato peelers but as the only left handed person in my family I adapted. Peeling potatoes away from me, cutting out dresses adding a bit more seam allowance! The list goes on!!! The best feeling is playing sport, especially tennis! Right handlers hate us because we are difficult to play against and as for rounders……….

  15. Jim Crutchfield says:

    What gets /me/ indignant is the way manufacturers and vendors get away with selling right-handed scissors as “ambidextrous” or “designed for right- or left-handed use”, just because they have handles that lefties can use without acute pain. It’s false and discriminatory, and I’m confident that it causes a lot of lefties, who don’t understand how scissors work, to waste money on scissors that won’t work properly for them, and to believe that the poor results they get with them are simply universal, or their own fault.

    Even manufacturers that offer a few true left-handed scissors, such as Fiskars, also sell these fake “left-or-right” products, which presumably fool enough lefties for the manufacturers to feel little or no pressure to offer true left-handed versions of many of their most useful products, such as kitchen shears and shop shears.

    I’ve been writing to manufacturers, pointing out this discrimination and asking them to offer true left-handed versions of their right-handed products, and one or two have actually responded positively–though of course they’ve made no promises. I encourage all my fellow lefties to do the same. Perhaps the Left Handers Club could organize a co-ordinated effort?

    • Samantha says:

      I strongly agree with you.
      “Designed for right or left handed use” by Fiskars is a total LIE. I cannot even believe they say that!
      I’ve never had true lefty scissors. Anyone know where they are cheapest to get? (I’m thinking Wal-mart… 😛 )

  16. Jim Crutchfield says:

    As a lefty who plays the guitar, I sympathize with Karl, but I think his indignation is misplaced. Jamie Anderson’s reasons are all good and all true. They may not be sufficient, but that’s a matter of opinion. They would best be answered by another list of reasons why a left-handed persons should get a left-handed guitar, not cries of “discrimination!”.

    I play right-handed for many reasons, including several of the ones Ms. Anderson gives, but mainly because I started out on the five-string banjo as a teenager. Left-handed five-string banjos are (or were in the 1970s) rare and extremely expensive, and my family couldn’t even afford a good right-handed one for me. I learned to play on a cheap, right-handed, department-store instrument, but it was better than nothing, which is what I’d have had if I’d insisted on a left-handed instrument.

    When I decided to take up the guitar, I was well into my thirties, and I decided I was too old to retrain my hands for left-handed playing, so I got a right-handed guitar. That may have been a mistake, but it definitely made it easier for me to reach a minimal level of competence with the instrument.

    I’ve never gotten to be much good on either the banjo or the guitar, but that may have as much to do with my aversion to practicing as it has with my decision to play right-handed. I suspect, however, that, even if I practiced diligently, I’d never have the speed and co-ordination with my right hand that I might have had with my left.

    The one point on which I think Ms. Anderson is flat wrong is no. 2, in which she suggests that it doesn’t really make any difference whether one plays right-handed or left-handed. Right-handed guitars (and other stringed instruments) are built as they are for a reason: they’re easier for the vast majority of people–i.e., right-handers–to play. Yes, both hands need strength, agility, speed, and precision; but the hand that sounds the strings needs more of the latter three, and it will always be easier for a player to develop those attributes in the dominant hand. (There are truly ambidextrous people, I gather, but they’re so rare that there’s really no point in bringing them into the discussion. Most people who get called “ambidextrous” are simply folks who have learned to use their non-dominant hands very well in certain tasks.)

    The ideal thing would be for left-handed players to learn to play both right-handed and left-handed instruments from an early age; but that’s a pretty expensive proposition, and it’s a lot to ask of a kid. I think Hendrix may have done it (or maybe he just learned to play both kinds of guitar left-handed), but I don’t know of any other great players who managed it. Most of us have had to pick one or the other. Libba Cotton taught herself to play a right-handed guitar turned upside-down. Dick Dale did the same thing. Don Everly learned to play right-handed–he says his right-handed guitarist father told him he had to: “They’ll call you lefty otherwise.” Paul McCartney learned to play on a left-handed guitar, then switched to the left-handed bass. Playing left-handed never held him back all that much, as far as I can tell.

  17. karl says:

    I found this on a Canadian site by a female music teacher Jamie Anderson. All you Canadian Leftys should get on to her site and let her know how discriminitary her comments are and how out of step she is with the rest of the music world.

    Eight reasons why a left-handed person should get a standard guitar

    Posted on October 11, 2012

    If you already play a left-handed guitar, go for it. It’s not that it’s inherently wrong. Some of the best guitar players on the planet, like Elizabeth Cotten and Jimi Hendrix, played that way. But, if you’re just starting out, I’ll give you a few reasons why a standard guitar ( right-handed”) is going to work better for you.

    1. Left handed guitars are harder to find and are usually more expensive.

    2. You’re demanding a lot out of both hands. It doesn’t matter which hand you use in other situations. If we’re really being honest, ambidextrous people are the ones who have the advantage. The rest of us have to train our less-dominant hands to either press down the strings hard enough for a clear tone, or strum and pick with accuracy. Both parts can be challenging, especially for a beginner.

    3. If you borrow a guitar, most likely it’s a standard guitar. If you’re used to a left-handed guitar then you’re stuck, unless you learned to play upside down, too, like Cotten did.

    4. Most instructional material is for those who play a standard guitar. While left-handed guitar players can use it, it can be confusing.

    5. You can’t simply restring a standard guitar. The bracing and pick guard are set up to play it the other way. You can seriously damage a guitar by stringing it the wrong way.

    6. If you want to learn another stringed instrument, it’ll be more difficult than finding a left-handed guitar. Many guitar players go on to play other stringed instruments. Makes sense since you need the same kind of skills to play them. Once you build up the strength and flexibility to play the guitar, it’s fairly easy to move on to the mandolin, ukulele, banjo or whatever else you want.

    7. It’s harder for other players to follow you. If you’re at a jam and everyone is watching you for the chord changes, you’re going to make their brains sweat.

    8. You won’t bang into your bandmates. You’re laughing, but I’ve seen it happen. Most musicians don’t expect that long neck to be hanging out on the right side.

    • Bob says:

      Libba Cotten held her guitar like a lefty, but it was strung right handed. She flipped a right handed guitar over. I was looking at some sites about her today. Someone on here reminded me that Dick Dale does the same thing. I will have to look into that. I saw him play and wish I had payed more attention to his technique.

  18. Clare says:

    I was rubbish at maths at school, but I am also epileptic, so I suspect the medication dumbed me down. I did really well at college and got degree level equivalent in maths so obviously I must be OK at it now

  19. Keef says:

    I have been left-handed when writing all my life and playing guitar. I play golf, tennis, cricket right handed though. My step-father is also left handed however it was not his influence that casused me to be left-handed even though he has been in my life since I was 6. However 3 years ago I discovered, and finally met, an older half-brother (in his 70’s) whom had the same father ( he died just after my birth) as me. Interesting to discover that he is also left-handed! It appears to be a genetic thing.

  20. Andrew says:

    I am the only lefty in my family. My parents and brother are all right handed. I was never forced to change hands at school or home. I am now married to a fellow lefty and all our kids are left handed(3, two boys and a girl). My wife is the only lefty in her family as well. My writing leans to the right slightly without the hook hand even though I tilt the page like a left hander would. My kids all write like me.

  21. Indy says:

    Hello! I’m a lefty:D And I litterally write upside down, all the teachers and people at school are AMAZED.The teachers always say they’ve never seen a student wirte like me before. My friends call it MEGA FAST calligraphy. And I don’t understand why:’) Because it just looks normal! However I do accept the fact that it is upside down, like 180 degree’s :’) But my History teacher just takes the mick:’D And in primary school, teachers would be like ‘turn your book the right way round’ and i’d be like ‘its how i right…’ and they’d always tell me off:/ But in secondary school they accept me!haha:’) But yeah, can anyone let me know if they do this as well? Because at the moment I feel special && like a freak:’D

    • Bob says:

      Sounds logical to me! It would help you from getting ink on your hand, plus pens are designed to pull along, whereas most of us push the ball. Great idea! I might have to try it sometime. Just for amusement, I don’t think I would adopt it this late in life. LOL

  22. David Paasch says:

    We really enjoy the Left-Handed site. My wife and I are both left handed and so was our Mothers. When we had our first kids (Twin Boys) the doctor said they were identical
    When they learned to write, one was right handed and one left handed. We asked the doctor and he said that is another sign of identical. When facing each other, their writing hand is on the same side..
    Well, it was funny, when they grew up and married, the son that is left handed had right handed kids and the right handed one had left handed kids. Then Our daughter married a left handed man and their kids are both left handed. She says she is the only right one in her family!!! One our favorite plaques to show people is the one that says, You are born left handed and you turn right handed when you commit your first sin. (Right handers never enjoy this!)

  23. Greer Fay says:

    My mother got a letter from a neurologist attesting to the possibility that forcing me to write with my right hand could be harmful to my brain. The school accepted the neurologist’s opinion, and from then on I was permitted to write with my left hand, but unlike most lefties, because I had previously been forced to write with my right hand, I do not bend my wrist towards the page and the act of writing does not look as if it’s being done upside down. Also I’ve noticed that while most left handers have very scratchy handwriting which is difficult to decipher, my writing for whatever reason is legible and even sufficiently attractive as to elicit compliments. The initial childhood experience at school has made me partially ambidextrous, plus the fact that although my mother could accept and even encourage the fact that I was naturally left handed, she stopped short when it came to table manners and forced me to eat with the fork in my left hand and the knife in my right. I’m ambidextrous when it comes to soup, and if the spoon is closer to my left hand, I will pick it up with my left hand and use it accordingly, and if it’s closer to my right hand, then I will use it in a way that would please my mother.
    I have a left handed cousin whose mother was more liberal than mine and allowed her to eat with the fork in the right hand and the knife in the left.
    However both of us knit like right handed people.

  24. BridgetteMarie says:

    I am a lefty and remember the second grade teacher telling the class that anyone who writes with their left hand will be hung on the flag pole. I didn’t change, but I have noticed and I have spoken to lefties who have trouble knowing their left from their right. The instruction to take a right often leads to taking a left. I spoke to a co-worker whose husband is a lefty and she said the same thing. Also I have to think which is left and right, but I can point in the direction I want to go, I just have think to verbalize it. I have read that stuttering can be caused by forcing lefties to fight handed. Their “wires and signals” get crossed when forcing them to go against their normal inclination.

    Years ago I read lots of books about being left handed. MIT has a higher percentage of southpaws than the general population. They are/were the best 10 pin bowlers. There are a high percentage of top athletes who are lefties. If I recall quite a few scientists are lefties… Einstein I believe.

  25. Bernard says:

    I am right handed when I write but I always use my left hand when I:
    -deal cards and any document
    -play cards
    -fasten my trousers belt
    -clap (the left hand is above and moves)
    -count on my fingers
    -pick up things on a table and put them in the other hand
    -wipe my face with a cloth
    -do knots (sew, for example)

    and also
    -I breathe on the left side when I swim crawl
    -I cross my arms with the left one above the other

    What am I ?

  26. Shima from Malaysia says:

    My mom always find it weird the way I peel off a fruit, I also don’t know how to use a chopstick. But when people praise me for the artwork that I did, I knew it because I’m a lefthanded. Just got to know their a Lefthander’s day..cool . I wish I knew it long time ago

  27. Chandrakant Trivedi says:

    I am lefty from my childhood.My parent does not stress me for right hand activities. I never felt any problem being lefty.It does not matter you are righty or lefty.As all programmes are fed in your neurotransmitter of brain as per your requirements. So it simply takes and pass on signals normally. and biologically it is clocked in nicely so no disturbances are found in lefty order too.I am not facing any problem still at the age of 63 years.

  28. Carole Lavine says:

    Lefties with brain damage are right handed. I am 79 and lived thrrough the era of “converting” lefties to the right handed world. Think about it – table settings are really convenient for us, forks on the left and knives on the right. the most used keys on the keyboard are on the left side. The only things I do right handed are ironing – because of the way things were set up when I was a kid and fire a rifle. I love being left handed it makes me unique.

  29. Percy says:

    I am half/left handed. I write and eat with left, but throw, and shave right handed. My brother 13 yrs. younger is strictly left handed and so is His wife. I use to bowl several years back-right handed; never learned to do it with my left. when I was 13, played baseball with other boys, could only throw right hand, but could bat either right or left. I am 74.

  30. Eric says:

    I’m a new member. Just dowloaded my certification. Will hang it up proudly. My wife thinks that this is really silly. Damn those righties.

    • Samantha says:

      Everything I do , like talking about lefty scissors and stuff is silly in my house. I know what you mean.