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Happy International Lefthanders Day to all of our lefty friends and family out there, celebrated every year on August 13. The Holiday Chicks love Lefties. Neither of us are lefthanded but we sure do have quite a few leftie characters in our families.
My favorite Southpaw is my Mom. She is a proud lefty and if you make fun, she will zing you back with a long and quite impressive list of other famous Southpaws. That list includes presidents, scientists and celebrities.
I gave her, as a Christmas gift years ago, a ‘Left-handed facts of the day’ calendar. She loved it and is now armed with an impressive list of left-hand facts.
Did you know that of the last seven U.S. presidents five were left-handed? My mom totally does and likes to remind us all! Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H W Bush, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan- Reagan wrote with his right hand, because he was taught to as a child. Left handedness used to be frowned upon. I’m sure that there are a lot more lefty presidents if you look back in history.
Left handedness is called Sinistrality- Latin for “On the left”. Throughout history lefties were considered a bit evil. But today they are considered quite normal and I think a bit extraordinary, having to live with all the inconveniences of a right-handed world.
Lefties are about 10% of the world’s population. In 1996 a study by Harvard Medical School found that there were more lefties working as artists, musicians, attorneys and architects. Also, more then 20% of Apollo astronauts were lefties.
So now, in the 17th year of International Left-Handers Day, founded by the British Left Handers Club to honor lefty style- we say Happy Left Handers Day to all of our favorite Southpaws! Y’all certainly do have style.
Some famous left-handed celebrities are Oprah, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Julia Roberts, Babe Ruth and Sandy Koufax. That is really an impressive list. Let’s raise a glass (with our left hand of course) to left-handers everywhere.
According to CNN, when newly elected President Barack Obama signed his first three documents he stated “I’m a lefty. Get used to it.” Yes sir! I understand.
Having a lefty Mother I am quite used to it. She eats European style, scares us when she cuts a tomato, and has a wicked left hook- don’t get her mad. Ha!
If you want a great gift for a lefty, get them one of those fact a day calendars. If your lefty is anything like my mom, they love to stock up on facts and then pull them out when they need to talk about how wonderful lefties are. Let’s Celebrate them!