Lefty's the Left Hand Store Unveils the Best Valentine's Present for a Lefty

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Lefty's the Left Hand Store unveils the best Valentine's present for a lefty. Romantic cards, candy, and luxury gifts are all well and good, but what left-handers appreciate the most is free.

Valentine from a lefty

Have a Lefty Valentine's Day

Lefty's the Left Hand Store unveils the best Valentine's present for a lefty. Romantic cards, candy, and luxury gifts are all well and good, but what left-handers appreciate the most is free - and in many ways more valuable. Genuine understanding of what life is like for a lefty is extremely rare among the right-handed majority.

Because lefties are a nearly silent minority, very few outside the left-handed fold can actually get what its like. So many features of the physical world are designed for righties that its difficult for anyone who's not living it to understand - from the direction doorknobs turn to how scissors cut, from how books and notebooks open to how seating at a table should be arranged, from school desks to can openers - lefties have to struggle and adapt to the majority's orientation.

Right-handers can begin to understand the lefty's dilemma by pretending to actually be left-handed. Experiments in which righties tie up their right hands and do everything with their left give some insight. Right-handers who've injured their right arm or hand become remarkably empathetic.

As product and interior design move towards more personalized settings and tools, some of the more highly considered furnishings, tools, and utensils give a nod to left-handers - usually because there's a lefty designer on board.

Lefties have learned to deal with it rather than complaining. Right-handers with lefty Valentines can show their love and empathy by attempting to understand their lefty's issues at a physiological level. They can bind their right hands for a while, and try to live as a lefty. They can search out tools and gifts designed specifically for lefties, especially at the Lefty's the Left Hand Store, which has the world's leading selection. Or they can simply watch closely as their loved one has to take the extra step - turning the bottle rather than the corkscrew because the screw rotates clockwise, turning the tape measure upside down to read it, struggling to see the markings on a right-handed measuring cup - and then be there to help.

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