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Left hands on the right side

P1360908By SARAH BRADBURY

sarah@soutwesttimes.com

 

Four mail carriers working for the United States Postal Service in Pulaski have a disadvantage that most of their coworkers don’t have — they are left-handed. Joe White, Mark Hines, and sisters Kim Barnes and Cindy Joyce took a moment to discuss the perils of being a lefty behind the wheel on the right side in the right lane.

“I think it feels awkward every day because my left hand wants to do … the dominant thing,” said Barnes. “My left hand wants to be on the steering wheel, but that’s the hand I use to sort mail. I think it’s awkward all day long.”

“It doesn’t bother me,” said Joyce. “I do everything else with my right hand. Only things I do with my left hand are write and eat.”

“I’m sort of ambidextrous, myself,” said White, who Joyce was surprised to learn was also left-handed, “I can’t believe that.”

Barnes said she writes and eats left-handed but that she can fish and bat with both hands.

“I write and eat left-handed do everything else right handed,” said Hines, who said he has to improvise, but being a lefty doesn’t affect his daily work.

“There are a lot of things that left-handed people have to struggle with and using scissors is one of them,” said White.

“I worked at a sewing factory that shut down. I went to the VEC to fill out forms and they had one-sided desks all set up for right handed people,” said Barnes, who said this made paperwork a task.

“We’re sisters. We’re left handed, but Momma and Daddy are right handed,” said Joyce, of herself and sister, Barnes.

“I’m the only one left handed in my family except my daughter. She turned out left handed,” said White. Everyone laughed at that.

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