Monday, August 13, 2012

My Lefty

HAPPY LEFT-HANDERS' DAY to my lefty!  Pa, my daddy's father, was left-handed.  My aunt is left-handed.  And my Mason is left-handed!
Y'all, I'm serious.  It really is Left-Handers' Day.  And, believe it or not, it's not a Hallmark holiday (although I'll bet they have a card for it!)!  Left-Handers Day was established on August 13, 1992 by the Left-Handers Club.  I'm not kidding.

According to their website:

The Left-Handers Club was formed in 1990 aiming to keep members in touch with developments, make their views known to manufacturers and others, provide a help & advice line, to promote research into left-handedness and development of new left-handed items. Since its formation the Club has gone from strength to strength with members all over the world and is highly regarded as the foremost pressure group and advice centre on all aspects of left-handedness.  On 13th August 1992 the Club launched International Left-Handers Day, an annual event when left-handers everywhere can celebrate their sinistrality and increase public awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed. This event is now celebrated worldwide, and in the U.K. alone there were over 20 regional events to mark the day in 2001, including left versus right sports matches, a left-handed tea party, pubs using left-handed corkscrews where patrons drank and played pub games with the left hand only and nationwide "Lefty Zones," where left-handers' creativity, adaptability and sporting prowess were celebrated, whilst right-handers were encouraged to try out everyday left-handed objects to see just how awkward it can feel using the wrong equipment!  These events have contributed more than anything else to the general awareness of the difficulties and frustrations left-handers experience in everyday life and have successfully led to improved product design and greater consideration of our needs by the right-handed majority - although there is still a long way to go!

Who knew?! Well, now you do!

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