Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Left Handed

Ms. In, you are quite meticulous with your handwriting.  I watch you write; you write so carefully.

Silence.

Ms. In?

Pause.

Actually Mr. Waeg, the reason why I write so carefully is that I actually was born left handed.  When I was in kindergarten, I noticed that all the kids wrote with their right hands.  The scissors were right handed, the way the tables were designed, everything.  I lived in a right handed world.  It was one morning when I was first learning my letters that I decided to become right handed: my elbow kept bumping into the girl next to me angering her; it wasn't the first time this kind of thing happened.  So I decided to be like Pinnochio and cut the strings that fettered me: I would learn to be right handed.

It was painful.  Trying to do everything with my right hand was extremely difficult.  Even simple tasks like trying to eat with chopsticks would see me break out into a sweat, leaving me exhausted afterwards.  But I had to do it, I had to overcome my disability.  And I did.  But even now I still write slower than most people, in fact many things take me more time, but at least I'm normal.

Silence.

Ms. In, wouldn't the real fetter be the one in your mind which prevents you from being left handed?

A harsh look is cast across the room, but nothing more is said.

1 comment:

Jellie said...

Left handed people got so much perks being one however since majority are right handed some features of life doesn't go easy for them.

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