Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sunday Scribblings: Left & Right

Sinister Lefty
I can’t possibly pass this one up, not when I’ve got a lefty five-year-old son who is the manifestation of the word’s origin.

Those of you unaware of the bad connotations should consider this, from Wikipedia:

“The English word "sinister" comes from the Latin word "sinister,-tra,-trum", which originally meant "left" but took on meanings of "evil" or "unlucky" by the Classical Latin era.”

And my lovely youngest is pure evil. “How could you say that about your own child? You should not be allowed to have children!” Yeah, yeah, I get that all the time, and not just about demon spawn.

The lad won his nickname “Lukifer” while standing in line for communion at our church. It just came to my mind – divine intervention, perhaps – and I blurted it out. Many a look once given by the God-fearing, loving people with whom I attend church.

The boy can take it, though, and he can give it back in spades. The left is the only side he likes. I must put his left shoe on first. I must acknowledge, nearly every day, that the left is the good side, that the right is the bad one. He chooses left again and again because, as he says near constantly, “the left is my favorite.”

Clearly, he can never be a Republican. [Woo-hoo! We’ve one won for the home team.] Speaking of the home team, if the T-ball coach sent him to play right field this past season, his first of any team sports, he begrudgingly went, but he made it clear he wasn’t happy about it. If I try to write a word for him so he can write it in one of his stories, I have to be to his left as I do it. He prefers his sister sit on his right and his brother on his left because he adores his older brother. (His older sister? Not so much.)

To all of you left-handed people out there who want to come to the defense of a fellow lefty, I say this: I’m right.

[Check out other Sunday Scribblings offerings
here.]

[If I post my Sunday offering early because I’m going to see her tonight (with the aforementioned disliked sister and her BFF), does it count as a Sunday contribution or do I have to babble tomorrow, too? Those of you doing
NaBloPoMo know why I’m asking, right?)

20 comments:

Lucy said...

haha great post... I had no idea about the definition! I just know..when it comes to 5 year olds... they're all Wackos. :)

Toni said...

I'm a lefty, too, and desperately hope my ten month old will be as my daughter is not. sigh.

Wonders said...

Funny!

Bren said...

How funny!

I think my oldest may be a lefty. She's been using it more and more lately.

Gill said...

I can SO relate to this post - my brother was a lefty too!

Jo said...

I have a lefty too, my eldest....this bemuses me as I am utterly incapable of doing anything with that hand. Fun post.

June said...

I enjoyed your post...and very clever ending!

DJPare said...

Funny!
I never knew lefties were so evil...

Queeny said...

My oldest offspring is a lefty, but he's the good child. My daughter, a righty, is my demon seed.

Josie Two Shoes said...

Hey, I'm a lefty too! And yes we are a "unique" breed. I didn't realize just how rare the occurance was though until I read this. I'm still trying to figure out if we arrived in this world with faulty wiring or if God just decided to spice things up a bit! :-)

UL said...

I am lefty too, I take his side. :) Left is my fav. too.

tumblewords said...

Cute post! I'm still giggling - fivers are a blast!

The Alchemist said...

You have the sense of humor and timing of a stand up comedian. Enter stage RIGHT! I so enjoy you writing.

Just Jen said...

That's hilarious. My youngest should be a lefty. I can so relate.
LOL

Redness said...

You've got your work cut out there! Interesting and funny, Thank YOU!

Ice said...

Patois,
Although I'm right hand dominate, I'd be lost without my left.
Like really, I should do a post about all the things I do with my left.
rel

KentuckyGal said...

My boys write with their right hands...but they HATE to write. D'you think they're closet lefties? :)

gautami tripathy said...

I learn to be a lefty for three weeks when I dislocated my right elbow and my hand was in plaster.

Now I have reverted back..

I like..:d

Secret Agent Mama said...

This was hilarious! My third child, my lefty, can have your Lukifer's tendencies. LOL

D... said...

Adorable!

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