The [ Lefty ] Struggle is Real

August 13th was International Left Handed Day so we’re talking all about left struggling.

The struggles and discrimination of left-handed individuals in modern society are oh, so real.

In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand, and there are many references in superstitions to the “left-hand side” being associated with evil. As an example, it is thought that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder, and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.

In a rather unfair reinforcement of this, the infamous (but influential) 19th Century physician Cesare Lambroso, who identified various facial and racial characteristics with criminal traits (the debunked theory of anthropological criminology), turned his attention to handedness at the end of the century and the start of the next and, perhaps not surprisingly, he identified left-handedness as a mark of pathological behaviour, savagery and criminality.

In other cultures, doing anything with your left-hand (especially eating) is considered societally unacceptable due to the fact toilet paper is a fairly recent invention. I won’t go into details… but gross.

LEFT HANDERS ARE STILL BEING MARGINALISED TODAY!

Being left-handed comes with a whole plethora of problems, even today. Problems addressed by forward thinking TV shows like the Simpsons (Flander’s Leftorium)

HERE ARE A FEW OF OUR TEAM’S TOP GRIPES

 

1. THE DIFFICULTIES OF USING CUTLERY…

“My brother gave me a lefthanded bread knife for my 40th birthday, and finally I could manage a straight slice, after a lifetime of ridicule and cutting doorstops. Now the rest of the household knows what I suffered, as the old breadknife mysteriously disappeared. I eat righthanded with a knife and fork, but I can’t manage to eat dessert with a spoon and fork. I also can’t carve meat with a carving knife when I need a fork as well.” – Priscilla

“Using chopsticks left-handed is seriously frowned upon at Chinese banquets. And I was the bride!” – Priscilla

“I can not cut bread in a straight line, I end up with a fat top and skinny bottom.” – Karen

Pete also struggles with kitchen implements:

“Some people when you tell them you’re left handed they change your knife and fork around. Yeah, like who in the world eats with the knife in the left hand?!”

2.  WRITING

“Smudging text, especially fountain pen ink at school. If I grew up in Japan writing from right to left this would never have happened!” – Pete

“I write downhill, towards me, with the paper at right angles.” – Priscilla

3. CAN OPENERS

“I can only use tin openers that open from the top and not the side” – Karen

4. BIG SCISSORS

5. SHEARS

6. LAWN EDGERS

7. KNITTING

8. COMPUTER MOUSE

9. PLAYING POOL

“I would love to play pool but I just can not hold a cue correctly.” – Karen

The list goes on!

HBBS DON’T DISCRIMINATE!

Our bags are designed to be worn on either shoulder. Perfect for left or right orientated people!

Take A Smile, Pass It On…

Today is a special day. Today is an opportunity to do an act of kindness and start a ripple effect. It starts with one; one person, one action, one moment. July 11th is National Cheer up the Lonely Day. Make it your mission today to make someone happy. I bet you can think of (at least) one person in your life that is going through a difficult time in some way. Spread awareness about the mental, physical and social damaging effects of loneliness and sadness. Today was created to promote kindness towards others who were lonely or forgotten as shut-ins or in a nursing home with no relatives or friends to look in on them. A single small gesture can make a big difference.

Here are a few ideas of how you can observe #NationalCheeruptheLonelyDay:

  • Pick up the phone and call
  • Send a text or email
  • Visit someone who lives alone, is in the hospital or a nursing home
  • Mail a sweet or funny card
  • Make someone feel loved
  • Bring someone a meal or baked goods
  • Volunteer an hour at a nursing or elders home
  • Lend a listening ear
  • Invite someone new to your neighborhood, school or job into your group
  • Give someone a hug
  • Bring someone flowers or their favorite candy
  • Bring your dog to visit someone
  • Play a game
  • Take them outside for sunshine and/or a walk
  • Smile or talk to a stranger

A few moments out of your day, can change someone else’s week. Spread love.

#mymostlovedameribag

What an exciting time for AmeriBag! The past 30 years have been an adventure so we are traveling back to the beginning in this historic timeline that journeys you through some milestones. How many of you knew that it all started as a contract house for L.L. Bean? Or that we were on QVC multiple times? So many interesting things to learn about! Go on…take trip down memory lane! Click here to see the 30 Years of AmeriBag

Another thing on the agenda is you, we wouldn’t be here without you. We have so much gratitude towards all of the love, support and loyalty we have received over these 30 years. So, a huge thank you is in order.

One of the ways we want to thank you and celebrate with you is through a throwback giveaway! You can win a Healthy Back Bag in gorgeous Cognac Leather. Since our roots all began in leather, we decided to give away the last locally hand crafted bag in Kingston, NY. This treasure has a retail value of $180 and a sentimental value of…well…a lot. Click here to enter to win the Giveaway

Finally, we are asking you to reveal your deepest darkest secrets. Open up your closets and show us your most loved bag from AmeriBag. Snap a picture and post it on our Facebook page with a few words to receive an additional entry in our giveaway! Don’t forget to have #mymostlovedameribag in your post in order to be qualified. (This is the only way to receive more than one entry in our giveaway!)

Keep following us here on the HBB Blog, Instagram and Facebook to celebrate this exciting time together!