There have been little quirks through the years that remind me that Charlie will be his own person and have his own way of doing things no matter what I do or say. What I call "see-saws" are "teeter-totters" to him and the window coverings that I call "shades" are "blinds." I'm often corrected on these points. And god forbid I pronounce "latkes" wrong. "No no, mom, it's Lat-KUS!" (and how awesome is it that they made latkes at school to learn about Chanukah?)
These are just things I have to live with, given that my child is growing up in a different state than I did, with different naming conventions for every day objects. (The one thing I will put my foot down on is the soda vs. pop issue. "Pop" is a sound. "Soda" is a drink.)
Anyway. So there are little nuances here and there when it comes to raising a kid, but what no one mentioned, not even one little line in the million parenting books I read, is that there's a potential that two right-handed people can produce a left-handed kid. I suspected from a very early age, and his teachers recently confirmed, that he's a lefty. He eats, draws, and now writes (!) left-handed. It's an interesting situation I'm finding myself in. He's been enjoying practicing writing letters lately, and often asks one of us to sit down with him and show him how it's done. I'm really struggling with the whole left-handed thing. I can't for the life of me figure out how to show him the way to hold a pencil in his left hand. I can't figure out how to guide his writing the way he asks me to, because when I hold his left hand and try to write with my left hand it just gets ugly. The saddest part is that he's got this dry-erase book that he loves, but since he's writing left-handed his arm drags across the work he's already done and erases it all. I can totally understand how that would be frustrating to him.
I wanted to be a lefty so bad when I was growing up! I thought it was cool and exotic. I guess this is what I get.
The upside is that there's always a market for left-handed relief pitching!
ETA: Did you know that lefties can have their very own special way of making letters?