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I didn't choose it but I'm proud; Yousay IN YOUR OPINION...

I AM an individual who is left-handed, and may I state it was not only in this country that I was a victim of bias.

We emigrated to Vancouver Island in 1969, and I was unfairly treated for using my left hand to write.

At kindergarten and junior schools I was told off repeatedly for this. The teachers would insist that I used my right hand.

Often a ruler was used to enforce this obscure idea.

During that period I was unfortunate to badly break my left arm in a fall, subsequently staying in hospital for two months.

This, however, did not break my spirit.

I did not choose what hand to write with, God made that decision.

I developed excellent technical drawing skills, my handwriting has been applauded, and I have also been fortunate to pass these skills on to my right-handed children.

I am proud to be left-handed in a right-handed world. It has not held me back. I am an extremely intelligent, articulate and a positive person who opposes such suggestions.

In a previous article it stated that it was the sign of the devil, representing a goat.

Well since I am both a Capricorn and left-handed surely I must be the devil in disguise, yet with a heart of an angel.

* Judy Alloway Barry
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 9, 2011
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