It was even before my sixth birthday that I realized I was different.
I could send my mother’s concern as she patiently tried to bring about a change in my behaviour.
Once I started school I became very aware that I was not the same as the other students in my class and when the teacher singled me out for the “special” help I must admit I was embarrassed.
Later when I was asked to write on the blackboard there was usually a gasp and maybe even a bit of giggling as I picked up the chalk to begin. My face would grow red as I realized more and more that I did not fit into the regular mold.
Life was difficult at times. My mother would become exasperated when trying to teach me the simple tasks of sewing and knitting or other skills that were expected of all young women of my day. She would throw up her hands and leave me to my own devices.
Family gatherings literally set me apart, as I always had to sit at the end of the table because my disability interfered with others enjoying their meal.
I thought of ways and means to hide my problem but no matter what I came up with “it” became obvious through time.
Casual remarks from friends and family were at times hard to bear. Words such as “sinister” and comments like using the wrong side of one’s brain made life a challenge.
Even my husband would remark he thought I often got up on the wrong side of the bed!
At one point I thought perhaps there was hope for me and others like me when I found a pair of scissors designed especially for “us”, but that did not last long.
Recently it has come to my attention that those in the minority often receive more compassion and benefits than the ‘so-called’ normal majority. It has encouraged me to share my story and exercise my rights. . . no what I mean to say is my lefts.
Perhaps the socialist left-wingers will take pity on my sort and take up our cause. I might even be interviewed by the media and become a “poster-girl” for all those who struggle with right-handed tools, and so on.
It is not inconceivable that we should receive some financial compensation for the prejudice and discrimination we have been subjected to over all these years?
If no compensation is forth coming should not our government at least do the left thing and issue an apology?
Even my tongue is in the left side of my cheek.
Faye Pearson, Stettler, Ab.