Friday, May 04, 2007

No Left Turn

A few days ago, published an article stating that left-handed women have a higher risk of dying. I almost proved that to be true at age six when I tried to fly by jumping off the top of the slide in my backyard. Instead of buying the farm, however, I hit a tree and broke my left arm.

And you know what they say, "If it doesn't kill you, it'll make you stronger." Well, it didn't kill me but it did make me feel a bit off-kilter because my sinister second grade teacher decided my bandaged left arm provided her with the perfect opportunity to squelch my gauche tendencies.

She forced me to write right-handed.

So I became just like the rest of my family - ambidextrous. My father, another born lefty, was switched as a kid, too, but still threw a ball left-handed. My mother is a true lefty but plays tennis right-handed, and my brother does everything lefty except writing.

And, despite my second grade teacher's intentions, I still do a whole bunch of things left-handed. But right after the big switcheroo, I got an F in penmanship for two straight years, and even now, a hand-written letter from me closely resembles the Rosetta Stone. Go figure.


Anonymous said...

Could you clarify a couple of things for me? 1) Everyone dies so how can left handed women have a higher chance of it? 2) Was your teacher left-handed? Doesn't sinister mean left in spanish or something?


Liz said...

Thanks for stopping by.

1) I got the information from an article on It did not go into details of the study, but did note that there are several opinions on this topic. The study focused on left-handed women having the propensity to die from from particular diseases.

2) My teacher was a righty.

3)"sinister" means left in Latin.