I’m a semi-reformed semi-lefty. When I was a tike I used to not be comfortable using crayons, etc. with either the left or the right hand (so recalls my mom). I remember at some point I switched, I think between first and second grade, from left to right-handed. Before first grade I held the crayon or whatever in one hand or the other.
I write with my right hand and do pretty much everything else with my left. I can use either kind of scissors in either hand (yes, you kind of have to hold them funny to get the blades to push together instead of apart, but I learned how to do that before I could tie my shoes). I use the fork in my left hand, brush my teeth with my left, and shift gears with my left hand (just kidding about the last part).
Recently, I’ve been trying to use my left hand in writing more, just to see what it’s like. I’m very slow with my left but my writing is okay. I’ve asked people to guess which of two samples of writing was done with which hand, and they don’t get it right more than half the time. I find being a lefty is handy when you’re copying something off a computer, right hand on the mouse, left on the pencil.
Anyway, I’ve often wondered if trouble writing, and very slow writing speed, might be why I really hated school starting about when spelling and handwriting started being big issues. I could spell the word okay in my head, but putting it on paper usually made it illegible.
Nowadays, I’m a pretty mean air hockey player, using the right hand on defense and the left on offense.