What is it like to be the youngest in the family ? especially if you live in a joint family with grandparents,parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and your own siblings.
You are the ‘baby’ of the family – pampered, protected, spoiled and ADVISED.
‘ No no no, use your right hand’, said Grandma horrified. She sprinkled some holy water on me to ward off the evil spirits.
Time and again, the elders in the family reminded me to use my ‘proper hand’ ,right hand to write and eat.
Soon, I learned to write with ease with my right hand.
But in the playground it was different. I was clumsy. I could never throw a ball properly with my right hand. It would never go in the direction or the distance I wanted it to.
‘Try throwing with your ‘strong hand’ the left hand “, Big brother suggested. It worked !!
As a result of these conflicting ideas, I write with my right hand and play badminton with my left hand with equal ease.
Though these advices where not the best ones, fortunately it worked for me.
However, I will not try to give my advice regarding use of ‘proper hand’ to anyone.
It’s better to let children do what comes naturally to them.