I’ve always taken pride in the fact that I’m left-handed, perhaps due to the fact that lefties are in the minority among Americans (only 10%). But recently I’ve been thinking about all the bumps, cuts and scratches I’ve gotten because of my southpaw ways and now I’m not so sure I’m happy to be “in my right mind.” ;)
Just today as I was doing laundry, I was moving diapers from the washing machine to the dryer. As I reached into the washer (with my right hand), I jammed it into the metal lip and cut my knuckle. It got me thinking, why do I have my washer and dryer set up for a right-handed person? I’m the one who does the majority of the laundry around here, so logic would dictate that I should have the washer on the right and the dryer on the left so that I can use my left hand to move the clothes, diapers, etc. from the right to the left. I don’t know if it’s feasible to switch them (because of the water hook-ups, etc.), but I’m going to check into it because this isn’t the first time I’ve smashed my hand on that washer.
This thought prompted me to do some research on lefties (thus discovering that 90% of Americans are right-handed). I read that left-handed people are more accident-prone (and have more accidental deaths) and that makes complete sense to me. I guess it’s something about the way our brains work, but also that so many things we use are just made for the majority – right-handers.
One article I read mentioned the large number of accidents that lefties incur by using power tools. Thank God I’m not into power tools because with my track record, I am sure that would end with a trip to the ER. I think I prefer to stick with my knicks and cuts from the washer thank you very much.
By the way, I came across this site Left-handed .com which has a decent selection of left-handed products. I might have to check into buying some left-handed knives. We have a really nice set of knives that we received as a wedding shower gift, but wouldn’t ya know it, they say not to be used by left-handed people. Thankfully I’ve managed to avoid chopping off a finger thus far. ;) (Knocking wood with my busted up right hand.)