Bitch on the Blog

June 9, 2011

Cross and domineering

Filed under: Despair — bitchontheblog @ 17:04

Sweethearts, the BAD news: You live and learn. There are no good news.

As of yesterday I know that I am cross-dominant.  Right handed with a dominant LEFT eye. Which won’t make it easy to shoot Con should the need arise. Let’s hope he is BIG enough a man to make a suitable target. I’d hate to miss; shooting myself in the foot instead.

Am in despair.

U

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6 Comments »

  1. Interesting…… did you have difficulties learning to read?
    Cross laterality is one of the things I look for in children with reading and writing difficulties:
    It can be really difficult for some children to be cross lateral in any way, right handed and left footed, left handed and right eyed, or the opposite ear to eye and so forth.
    Some children (and adults) do not have a dominant eye which can be disastrous for reading because we need a “lead” eye in order to track across the page correctly.
    If you roll a piece of paper into a telescope and lift it to your eyes you will find which eye is your natural “leader”(mine is my left but my dominant eye (the one the brain uses most)is my right
    some people (including Lady Magpie) slap the telescope right between the eyes. When you’re spying which ear do you put to the wall or door to listen with. A great game to play with the children. We used to go spying on the head teacher or the school secretary….

    Comment by magpie11 — June 9, 2011 @ 20:29 | Reply

    • It’s worse, Magpie: I never had any difficulty with anything. No bull. I “read” BEFORE I could read. Enter one of the most embarrassing moments of my life. Sets you up for what’s to come decades down the line. Teaches you humility, modesty. In theory.

      There was my four year old self on the train. Those were the days when a single compartment had six seats. This elderly lady sitting opposite my mother, me and my book. So I read ALOUD, word for word, perfect. Peering over top of the book – waiting for effect. Till it was pointed out to me that I was holding the book upside DOWN. Yes, my memory is legendary. Fine, whatever. Have always memorised anything coming my way – 1066 or Hammurabi of Babylonia.

      That comes from being a show off. You WILL be humiliated. In those days adults had no compunction to tell you where it’s at. Not that it made much of an imprint on my conceited self. Give me a chance and I’ll still recite off top of my head. Reason why children should be read fairy tales and made to learn poems by heart. Which I was. Stood me in good stead.

      U

      Comment by Ursula — June 9, 2011 @ 21:34 | Reply

      • Interesting…… did you have difficulties learning to read?
        Cross laterality is one of the things I look for in children with reading and writing difficulties:
        It can be really difficult for some children to be cross lateral in any way, right handed and left footed, left handed and right eyed, or the opposite ear to eye and so forth.
        Some children (and adults) do not have a dominant eye which can be disastrous for reading because we need a “lead” eye in order to track across the page correctly.
        If you roll a piece of paper into a telescope and lift it to your eyes you will find which eye is your natural “leader”(mine is my left but my dominant eye (the one the brain uses most)is my right
        some people (including Lady Magpie) slap the telescope right between the eyes. When you’re spying which ear do you put to the wall or door to listen with. A great game to play with the children. We used to go spying on the head teacher or the school secretary….

        Ah! There are those who can hide their reading difficulties by rote learning of stories. Easy to test: You read the story but put in a wrong word (synonym).You’ll soon be told.
        We had to learn poetry at school.. “In Xanadu did Kublai Khan….” or Lars Porsena of Clusium, By the Nine gods he swore….”, I come from haunts of Cot and hern…” , ” This is the weather the cuckoo likes and so do I….”, Unfortunately I cannot remember the whole things.

        If I had been able to learn my A level Chemistry by rote I’d have done better…

        Comment by magpie11 — June 10, 2011 @ 14:40 | Reply

  2. I don’t spy, Magpie. Despite all my protestations.

    I am probably the one and only person in the world who will NOT read someone’s diary even if left open in their room for everyone to see. Never have, never will.

    Yes, really. Point of honour to me. Someone being able to trust me more important to me than to satisfy my curiosity.

    Interesting question about the ear. I don’t know. When I am on the phone I’ll hold the phone to my left ear.

    Have also remembered, since your comment yesterday and reminded by my mother, that I am bidexterous. Naturally, in our culture, at least when I was young, the right is encouraged. The left positively frowned upon. So, whilst I can do most things with both hands, I do write with my right. Sad, in a way, thinking back: Not having had the practice for such a long time my LEFT hand writing not so good. Not that anyone can read my writing anyway. Different subject.

    To answer your question: No, I did not have any difficulty to read, write or anything. My only difficulty were people telling me I was too inquisitive. And talked too much. No change there then.

    As to ‘rote’ learning: I think it a great pity that children are no longer expected to recite a poem by heart. It’s gymnastics for the brain. Of that there is no doubt. My god, I remember committing misdeamour in Latin, had to learn the whole first page of Caesar’s war by heart (in Latin). Can’t recommend it enough. I also adopted my father’s method which was to learn whilst WALKING, in fresh air. It’s all in the stride.

    U

    Comment by Ursula — June 10, 2011 @ 16:25 | Reply

  3. Ah well… so it’s not true crosslaterality I suppose. I had a colleague who wrote with either hand and when writing on the chalk board (heaven forbid that I call it a blackboard) she would writ half a line lft handed and then swap to the right hand and finish the line right-handed then go back to the left hand and so on. Most unnerving to see for the first time.

    They wouldn’t let me learn Latin!

    Comment by magpie11 — June 10, 2011 @ 21:02 | Reply

  4. What a wonderful state to be in. You can compliment with your left hand and be someone’s right hand! Just imagine the possibilities!

    Comment by Rummuser — June 12, 2011 @ 14:19 | Reply


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