Ever since we noticed that Obama is left-handed, we’ve been thinking about our older daughter Pearl. She came out of the womb favoring her left hand. In her first Montessori class at 6 months old, the instructor noticed that Pearl would start her crawl with her left leg. We were impressed, but we’d already guessed as much. She grabbed the cat’s ears with her left hand, made the sign to breastfeed with her left hand, and waved goodbye to us with her left hand.
Pearl and Carrie's donor is left-handed, so we guess that’s where she got it. Of course, Marcia claims that she had something to do with it because she has always dreamed of being left-handed. She associates left-handedness with creativity and originality. I told Marcia that my brother and sister are left-handed, so maybe I should get the credit.
Regardless of who is responsible, Marcia and I both feel it’s a good thing. After all, Pearl has some great role models: Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Helen Keller, Charlie Chaplin, Jay Leno, Mark Twain, Lewis Carroll, Carol Burnett, Paul Simon, James Baldwin, Jimi Hendrix, Paul McCartney, Dick Van Dyke, Kurt Cobain, Angelina Jolie, Diego Maradona, Mark Spitz, John McEnroe, and of course, Bart Simpson.
Are YOU left-handed? Any thoughts on left-handedness?