You switch the blue pen to your right hand. You remember how Uncle Oyinbo blocked the cane Mummy held out to break your left hand yesterday. The mark from the cane – session on tuesday still left a mark.
You struggle to steady the pen in your hands. . .the writing on the paper seems quite too ugly compared to your writing in left.
Mummy said its only the devil’s children that wrote and ate with their left hands. But one time, before she resigned from that school where she said all the students were possessed, you saw her in her room. . .writing. . .and she was using her left hand.
Were you born left handed? And crucified for it?
Every assignment session was a bitter experience and that was every night!
“change your hand! I said change it!“And the next thing...’twai!’
On the back, hand, lap…wherever the cane meets you mehn.
I remember staying up late trying to practice using my right hand properly as early as age 6. My handwriting was so tiny and timid almost as I was. I had to rewrite notes and sometimes examz.
I caught up eventually and I did that excellently….(for writing), that is.
So many years after, I still write with my right and eat ofcourse. But guess what? That’s all to it. I wash, draw, sweep and do everyother thing with my left hand.
It all seems fine untilI ‘enter’ Lagos market and unconsciously stretch out money to this Yoruba woman for goods I bought. . .and she keeps still, giving me ‘the eye’.
‘Madam take your money nau’
And she launches her missile…’e ma fi owo osi fu Mi lowo. Ni tori olorun, no curse me this early Morning, if you no want buy abeg carry your evil sprit comot from my shop’
The hand God gave us all?
And like nature wanted to play a fast one on my mum. . .my younger brother and sister are both lefthanded. They tried to change them but gave up after little attempt. She had exhausted all her strength on me.
Being lefthanded is not a disability. We are different. And being different is OKAY! Why are we too scared of CHANGE?
Actually, left handed people are perceived to be intelligent and talented. True that!
Desmond Elliot, Uhuru Kenyatta, Barack Obama, Lady Gaga, Albert freaking Einstein, Oprah Winfrey and so many others are/was lefthanded.
Different not Disable.
Did you have a similar experience? or your parents just let you go with the lefthanded flow?
And yes! I would like to know…is there something really bad about the left hand or is it all just superstition?
Collecting/giving money with the left hand is bad luck. . .myth or fact?