Sandy: I found left-handed shears in my Christmas stocking. They work a lot better than the ones designed for right-handers. They felt a little awkward to use them in my right hand but worked well enough. Of the left-handers I asked, it surprised me that none owned left-handed shears. Instead, they’ve adapted to the right hand world and use their right hand to cut with shears or scissors.
Navigating as a lefty, I’ve only felt inconvenienced a handful of times which is probably not so true for most lefties who have been adapting all their life. Chairs that have tabletops attached to the right side don’t work well for left-handers and are a legitimate complaint. Smearing ink or lead when left-handers write is more a function of how one holds their pencil/pen in relationship to the paper and also because they haven’t turned the paper about 20 degrees clockwise. The problem I faced was that the writing instrument obscures the last letter written and I can’t judge how much space to make before writing the next letter. Maybe that is why some people (children) write with their hand cupped around clockwise, not because of smearing.
Sitting next to a right-hander while eating with my left hand never posed a problem. We never seemed to need more elbow room. I’m not sure what all the fuss is about when a left-hander has to sit on the corner with his/her left elbow on left edge of the table.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.