Left-handers of the world unite!
I am left-handed. When I was little, teachers criticised me for my not-very-neat cutting out. But no-one suggested trying left-handed scissors, so I just had to learn to use right-handed scissors.
When I was a teenager, my hand and wrist would ache from writing essays and taking notes in class. Sometimes I would strap my wrist in crepe bandage to help support it. Exams were a particular struggle – I just couldn’t write quickly enough. Part of the reason I ended up doing physics at university was that there were fewer essays involved in comparison to other subjects.
I later found out that writing left-handed is physically harder to do because you have to push the pen across the page. I also discovered that there are pens which are specifically designed for left-handers and that these pens make it easier for me to write, although I still write more slowly than most other people I know.
When I met my husband, he told me that he was pretty sure that he was originally left-handed, but as a schoolchild in the late 1960s he was completely discouraged from using his left hand.
So when I saw my little boy struggling to use right-handed scissors in his left hand I wondered where to go to get the correct scissors. I asked some other parents and a few people suggested anythinglefthanded.co.uk. I ordered the left-handed pencil and left-handed scissors shown in the photo above and they have been absolutely great.
The website also has lots of useful advice and videos for left-handed folk and parents and teachers. I hope that my son’s journey through life as a left-hander in a right-handed world will be easier than mine.