| Thirteen Famous Left Handers
Dh and I are right handed. Ds#1 and #2 are right handed. It was something of a surprise to realize ds#3 is left handed. I don’t think I noticed until he was two or so. At that age they dig that plastic spoon into their bowl with either hand or even give up and use their fingers. But gradually, I could see that he preferred his left hand.
I’ve heard it said that one in ten people are lefties. And of course, there is the whole right brain vs. left brain thing. I can say that my older two boys caught on to math much quicker. Sometimes I can’t figure out how ds#3’s brain works. *grin* He amazes me with his ability to learn something and then promptly unlearn it.
I actually love that he’s a lefty. I like quirks and traits that make people stand out. I had a hard to pronounce name growing up, but I never regretted all the times I had to correct people. In my eyes, being different from the crowd is a good lesson in finding your own path. And I have to say I always thought it would be cool to be a leftie, until I watched my son accomplishing normal tasks and realized how much our world is designed for right handed people.
So how many left handers are out there? In case you were wondering check out these famous left handers and feel free to name some more:
1…. Gerald Ford–38th and Ronald Reagan–40th
2…. George H.W. Bush–41st and Bill Clinton–42nd
3…. Alexander the Great and Julius Ceasar
4…. Queen Victoria of England
5…. Prince Charles and Prince William of England
6…. Boston Strangler and Jack the Ripper
7…. Paul McCartney and Phil Collins
8…. Jimi Hendrix (who I read used a right handed guitar upside down to play)
9…. Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci
10…. Dan Ackroyd, Tim Allen and Charlie Chaplin
11…. Carol Burnett, Whoppee Goldberg, Marilyn Monroe, Nicole Kidman
12…. Tom Cruise, Robert Redford, Keanu Reeves
13…. Pele, Babe Ruth, Monica Seles
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