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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Writer's Post: Masterpiece

I'm participating in a blog hop hosted by Jenn Duffy Pearson, of the blog wine n chat. The topic and prompt for the hop is masterpiece.

As a child I loved to color, even if I'd never been one to stay in the lines. I'd squeeze the wax between a tiny fist, scribble until tired, and then switch the crayon to the other hand. 

"Your child may not enter kindergarten early because she has not established a hand preference," the experts told my parents. As a result, the adults encouraged me to choose the right hand.  I chose left. It would have been fun to be ambidextrous like President James Garfield. He'd show off his classical education by writing in Greek and Latin at the same time. Hmm. Maybe I could have drawn pictures of Fruit Loops with my left and noses with my right, since I didn't have a classical education.

The Clown in The Attic
Creating art with only my left hand did not hamper my abilities to produce masterpieces. In first grade, my clown picture was chosen, from the entire school district, to be framed and hung in the Bracken Building.

The next year, I drew another picture I liked and asked my art teacher where it was. When she said, "On my desk," I thought nothing of getting it and taking it home. Little did I know, the teacher frantically accused the older kids in the school of taking my picture as she searched everywhere for it. I thought it was okay to take it home, why not? Unfortunately, I ripped it while struggling to put on my coat. Maybe another masterpiece would have ended up in the Bracken Building.

Today, I doodle trees while on the phone. That's about it. My early art talent never took off. As a teen, I took an art class for "fun." Apparently, I had too much fun and my art teacher was not happy. Thus, ended my art career. Shucks!


20 comments:

Binky said...

Being able to use both hands is seen as a disadvantage? Strange.

Kyoti said...

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Jackie said...

I am naturally left handed but they tried to teach me to be right handed. The result for me is that I am ambidextrous. I can write with both hands and divide everything else up. I do everything right handed except write with good precision and eat.

I use both hands when painting!

Happy weekend!:-)

Joyce Lansky said...

I guess that would make me ambidextrous too. I do everything right handed but write.

mail4rosey said...

I've always wondered why children were discouraged from using their left hand. What difference does it make, really?

My husband does everything right-handed, and golfs left-handed.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I am left handed, despite my dad trying to change me to a right-hander when I was younger lol. Great blog :)

Julie Maloney said...

Left handed people are known to be smarter than right so you chose the right path :)

Masshole Mommy said...

My husband has six siblings, one of which was a natural left hang user - until his older brothers and sisters got wind of it. He's now ambidextrous and uses his right more often than his left. Poor kid LOL.

Theresa said...

My godson is ambidextrous and is a fabulous artist! His drawings are pretty cool!

Loy Cerf said...

An interesting post...I never realized that so many kids favored their left but were taught right! I do like your Masterpiece though no matter whether it was drawn right or left handed!

mail4rosey said...

I had to come over to tell you my "Joyce Story" lol. You posted awhile back that the quickest way to drive a student in your class crazy was to hang a crooked picture. I was always that kid...and now that adult, and while I was turning all the labels to be perfectly upright and straight in the K-Cups holder, I thought of you and laughed. Worse than a crooked picture though...that last piece of chalk teachers would inevitably forget to erase when changing things up on the board. ;)

Paula Martin said...

Laughed at the thought of your teacher searching everywhere for your picture. Shame it got torn, as your clown pocture is great!

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Jenn said...

I had always said, "I couldn't draw a stick figure if you paid me." but I always wanted to draw. I always wanted to be able to create something artistic. Finally put my mind to it-- and bought a sketch pad and pencils and I am having so much fun. I have a LOT to learn--but I find it sort of relaxing and I find the more I sketch, the better I am getting at it--for the most part. I love your pic of the clown-- 1st grade? I'd be lucky to cut a square evenly or even draw one. How wonderful it hung in the Hall on display!!

While I am not left handed, I do a lot of things left handed, including eating, sports, etc. I blame it on my Mom who is left handed and didn't know how to teach me properly to do things with my right hand. Yes I can write with my left hand but not at the same time!! :) Cheers, Jenn

Kathy said...

I love your clown picture. Too bad the other one got torn.

Kathy
http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

Alethea Etinoff said...

you stole your own picture. classic.

Blessings~
Alethea

Joan Veronica Robertson Wrigley said...

Loved your clown! Maybe you chose the better hand, the left is supposed to be connected to the right side of the brain, the creative side!
Please persevere and let's see some more "masterpieces"! Have a good day!

Joan Veronica Robertson Wrigley said...

I loved the clown picture! What a pity you didn't remain ambidextrous! Maybe you lost out on some natural talents by choosing one specific hand! The left hand is supposed to be governed by the right side of the brain, and that is the creative side. I wonder if this influenced your choice? Interesting thought (I'm a teacher, I went through all this while studying for my Master's). Anyway, I loved your clown! Please persevere! Then we can see more of this kind of creativity! Have a good day!

Suzy said...

I loved your clown picture and I loved the way you started this post - I had a vision of the crayons been passed from hand to hand. Enjoyed reading.

Rhonda said...

Wow, you did that clown left handed in 1st grade, impressive picture. You should give it another go.