A few weeks back I noticed a mother berating her son. He was about seven years old, I guess. She kept saying, “good boys don’t do that. You’re not a good boy if you do so. Stop it.” And she went on along the same lines. The boy just stared at her and kept blinking. I doubt whether the kid actually knew what he did ‘wrong.’ I looked at them frowning wondering whatever did the poor kid do. As I stood watching them, someone the lady knew passed by and got talking with her and questioned her regarding the berating. That’s when I clearly heard these words: “I’m teaching him to use his ‘right’ hand. He keeps using his left hand to do things and that’s not good. That’s bad. Being a left-handed is bad, you know. These things should be taught at a young age.”
I stared dumbfounded at her and my jaw actually dropped. I couldn’t believe that even now people have something against being left-handed. It brought back so many memories for me and it has left me frustrated. I really felt bad for the kid and I’m desperately hoping his mother gets an ounce of sense into her head and stop doing what she thinks is ‘right’.
Do not berate me for how I was born
Does it matter which is the dominate one
As long as I’m healthy, as long as I’m well
Please, I beg of you to not much dwell
Is it so bad to write with my left?
Or toss a ball hard while I play with my friends
As I pick up food with my left hand
You say that’s bad and call it a sin
I stare at you in utter confusion
Wondering what it is that I’m doing wrong
I’m goaded and forced to use my right hand
Even though I’m uncomfortable and I just can’t
The minute I do something with my left hand
I am stared at in amazement as if in wonderland
I just don’t get why it is such a big deal
So I’m a leftie, is that really such a big thing?
I remember the times when I was a kid
There was always the shock and awe as well
When I would pick up things or comb my hair
Or even just cut a paper or pick up a pen
But years of goading has left me instead
Neither a leftie nor a right-ie to be exact
I do things with my left; I do things with my right
I guess I’m ambidextrous, yes, there’s a term for it
But I seriously wish that people would stop
Worrying if their kid’s a leftie or not
It doesn’t matter as long as the kid’s well
So get off this topic which is frivolous as hell!