A world of left-handed people
Jimmy and Ashely had never seen a left-handed person before. That's why it took them by surprise when they saw a little boy eating with his left hand. Who are these so-called 'southpaws'? Jimmy and Ashely started their exploration of the world of lefties first by asking their parents, then their friends. They even imagined a world only lefties could exist!
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Jimmy and Ashley went to the park to play tennis. While there, they noticed that one of the kids was eating while holding his spoon in his left hand. For Jimmy and Ashley, it looked strange because in their family everyone is eating using their right hand.

Jimmy asked the boy if it was hard to eat with his left hand, but the boy answered that it was not and he is just left-handed.

"Left-Handed?", asked Ashley.

"We don't know what it means. Probably we should ask our parents", added Jimmy.

Jimmy and Ashley went to their parents and asked them about left-handed people.

"What do you mean?" Jimmy's mother asked her son.

"There is a boy at the park who eats with his left hand", said Ashley.

Jimmy's father explained that there are people who are left-handed because they are born that way. They are not different from right-handers except that they use their left hand instead of the right one to do things like eating, writing, throwing a ball, and so on. Left-handers are not weaker than right-handers, but some people think they are.

That night, Jimmy and Ashley continued to talk about left-handed people.

Jimmy said, "In our family everyone is right-handed."

"We are", answered Ashley.

"It's good to be right-handed", said Jimmy.

"Yes, it is", Ashley agreed.

The next day, Jimmy and Ashely went to visit a friend who is a very knowledgeable person. They asked her if she knew any successful people who were born as left-handers.

This friend explained that most famous musicians are right-handed, but some famous ones are southpaws too such as Bob Dylan, who was a singer-songwriter, and Eminem who is a rapper and songwriter.

Then she pointed out that almost half of all artists were born as southpaws. She went on to list various writers from different time periods who were southpaws: Stephen King, Ian Fleming, Oscar Wilde, Ernest Hemingway, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry James, Mark Twain, W. B. Yeats and Edgar Allan Poe.

Whew! That was a long list. But their friend is not done yet. "Benjamin Franklin, a politician; Aristotle and Socrates, philosophers. Even Julius Caesar was born as a southpaw!

Lastly, she added something even more surprising that some people are ambidextrous, which means they can use their left hand and right hand equally well, and Albert Einstein was believed to be such a person.

After that discussion, Ashley and Jimmy started to see left-handed people everywhere: in magazines, schoolbooks, and on TV. Most of the people in those pictures were left-handed baseball players and tennis players. Sometimes, they are left-handed presidents and famous musicians.

One day Ashley said to Jimmy, "What if everyone in the world was left-handed?"

Jimmy looked at her in amazement! "That would be terrible!"

"What do you mean by TERRIBLE? Do you know what would happen?

"I know what would happen", answered Jimmy. "You would be writing with your left hand and eating with your left hand. You wouldn't be able to throw a ball using your right hand. You would have to learn to do everything with your other hand."

"That's true", said Ashley, "but I like the idea of all people being left-handed because then everything would be so different and so fun!"

Ashley continued "What if we made a petition to the government of the United States and suggest it a law that everyone should learn how to use their left hands instead of their right hands?"

"We could say in our petition that by doing this we can save gasoline because there will be no need for cars that only drive on the right side of the street; people will lose weight because they can only eat using their left hands: and there will be less homework because we will be writing so slow with our hands!".

Ashley paused for a long moment without saying anything, then she suddenly said excitedly, "Yes! I think I'm going to start writing with my left hand immediately".

She went into her room and came back with an envelope in her left hand but once she had sat down again, she realized something. "Wait! ", she exclaimed, " but it would be impossible for me to put on make-up using my left hand!"

Jimmy laughed, "Then maybe you shouldn't try changing things too much at once."
吉米和阿什莉去公园打网球。在那里,他们注意到有一个孩子用左手拿着勺子吃饭。这对吉米和阿什莉来说很奇怪,因为在他们家,每个人都用右手吃饭。

吉米问男孩用左手吃饭难吗,男孩回答说不难,因为他是左撇子。

"左撇子?"阿什莉问。

"我们不知道这是什么意思。也许我们应该去问问我们的爸爸妈妈",吉米补充道。

吉米和阿什莉去找他们的父母,问他们关于左撇子的问题。

"你的意思是?"吉米的妈妈问儿子。

"公园里有个男孩用左手吃饭,"阿什莉说。

吉米的父亲解释说,有些人是左撇子,因为他们天生就是这样。他们与惯用右手的人没有什么不同,只是他们用左手而不是右手来做饭、写字、扔球等。左撇子并不比使用右手的人弱,虽然有些人这样认为。

那天晚上,吉米和阿什莉继续讨论有关左撇子的话题。

吉米说:"在我们家,每个人都是用右手的。"

"是的",阿什莉回答。

"惯用右手是件好事,"吉米说。

"是的,没错,"阿什莉同意道。

第二天,吉米和阿什莉去拜访了一位知识渊博的朋友。他们问她是否知道任何天生就是左撇子的成功人士。

这位朋友解释说,大多数著名的音乐家都是用右手的,但也有一些著名的音乐家是左撇子,例如歌手词曲作者鲍勃·迪伦和说唱歌手兼词曲作者埃米· 纳姆。

然后她指出几乎一半的艺术家都是左撇子,接着列出了不同时期的左撇子作家:斯蒂芬·金、伊恩·弗莱明、奥斯卡·王尔德、欧内斯特·海明威、查尔斯·狄更斯、简·奥斯汀、哈里特·比彻·斯托、亨利·詹姆斯、马克·吐温、叶芝和埃德加·爱伦·坡。

哇!这么长的一个名单。 但是他们的朋友还没说完呢。 "本杰明·富兰克林,政治家;亚里士多德和苏格拉底,哲学家, 他们都是左撇子。甚至朱利叶斯·凯撒也是左撇子!

最后,她又补充了一个更神奇的知识点,有些人两手俱利,这意味着他们左手和右手用得一样好,爱因斯坦好像就是这样的人呢!

那次聊天以后,阿什莉和吉米开始在各个地方发现左撇子:杂志上、教科书上,电视上。。。这些照片中的人有时是左撇子棒球运动员和网球运动员。有时,他们是左撇子总统和著名音乐家。

有一天,阿什莉对吉米说:"如果世界上每个人都是左撇子会怎么样?"

吉米惊讶地看着她! "那肯定很糟糕!"

"为什么会很糟糕?你知道会发生什么吗?

"我当然知道",吉米回答。 "你会用左手写字,用左手吃饭。你不能用右手扔球。你必须学会用左手做所有的事儿。"

"这倒是真的,"阿什莉说,"但我喜欢所有人都是左撇子的想法,因为那样一切都会变得不一样,将多有趣啊!"

阿什莉继续说道:"我们向美国政府请愿并建议制定一项法律,让每个人都用左手而不是右手,怎么样?"

"我们可以在请愿书中说,这样做可以节省汽油,因为不需要只在街道右侧行驶的汽车;人们都会变苗条,因为他们只能用左手吃饭;作业也会减少,因为我们用左手写字会很慢!"。

阿什莉沉默了一会,没有说话,突然又兴奋地补充道:"好!我从现在就开始用左手写字。"

她走进自己的房间,左手拿着一个信封回来,但当她再次坐下时,她意识到了什么。 "等等!",她叫道,"可是让我用左手化妆是绝不可能的!"

吉米笑道:"也许你就不应该想要一下子全变掉。"
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