This absolute doll of a little girl is Abby. She is the daughter of one of my fellow Banana Factory artists, Angie Snyder-Lande who also happened to take this picture. Abby is always being encouraged by her Mom to paint and draw and I can’t imagine a better way to grow up than being surrounded by art and creativity in general. I noticed in this picture that Abby is holding the pencil in her left hand, so I’m only guessing she’s a lefty. When I was her age in the early 70’s, children were discouraged from writing with their left and were often forced to use their right as their dominant hand. As I started to dig around the internet trying to find out why this happened, I came across this article On the Left Hand, There Are No Easy Answers on the New York Times website which states:
“Over the centuries, left-handers have been accused of criminality and dealings with the devil, and children have been subjected to “re-education.” In recent years the stigma has largely vanished; among other things, four of our last seven presidents — Ford, the elder Bush, Clinton, Obama — have been left-handed.”
Are you a lefty? Were you ever taught to use your right hand? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Oh, and check out this article on left-handed fountain pen writers and see what type of a writer you are.