So I'm very aware of left-handedness right now, and as a result of me telling Jed every interesting fact I read/learn, it's on his radar as well. Sunday in church the kids were learning a song about choosing the right. Which, according to Jed turned into a lesson on right vs. left rather than right vs. wrong. Except right and right are two different things, and Little Guy doesn't need to associate left with wrong. The teacher told all the kids to raise the hand they write with and that was their right hand. That way was the right. Except my poor little four year old is holding up his left hand. This is something that I wouldn't have even noticed not that long ago, that I might have even said myself. It's a strange thing when your eyes are opened to a new way of seeing things.
The book tells me,
"Left-handedness is a trait we are born with. Because of many different cultural superstitions regarding left-handedness, this trait has historically had rather negative connotations. In many cultures, left-handers have been treated with suspicion or even ostracized from society, with left-handed children forcibly made to conform to right-handed actions such as writing and eating. Not surprisingly, such cruel practices only hindered left-handers' ability, making them appear awkward and clumsy thorugh undertaking everyday tasks with their weaker hand, but also created poor self-esteem and even psychological damage, which could last a lifetime. We now understand how damaging such attitudes are, and thankfully they are dying out in most civilized cultures."I've heard the stories of teachers/parents forcing left-handed kids to use their right hand. I'm glad that for the most part, that's died out and left-handedness is accepted, but I worry about how easily Little Guy's attitude can we swayed. He's already the only lefty in our family. I feel like I'm constantly congratulating him on his uniqueness so that he doesn't try to conform to fit in with us right-handers, let alone the rest of the world.