January 11 – Flash Fiction  – Wet Ink

Charli’s prompt this week:

January 11, 2018, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about wet ink. It can be artistic, writerly or something completely off-the-wall. Go where the prompt leads.

Hmmm… here’s where my mind went…

Inked

It was the bane of my life at school, being left-handed…
The most annoying thing?
Writing with an ink pen.
Now, if only I could write from right to left, like the Arabic community, I’d be fine, but no, we need to write from left to right, meaning my hand would smear the still wet ink across the page, as I wrote my essays.
I’d get told off, have to redo my work, and each inked page would look the same, despite my taking extra care holding my pen.
As I said… the bane of my life being left-handed…

Dedicated to my Lil Princess who is left-handed and

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59 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michael B. Fishman
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 15:51:50

    This one made me smile because it made me remember a very old friend who was a lefty and would curve his hand around the pen to lessen his hand having to smear through ink when he wrote.

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  2. Norah
    Jan 18, 2018 @ 10:43:36

    Great flash and so true. Writing, even without ink, with a more stable medium, is difficult for left-handed people. I guess that’s why, back in “my” day, “they” used to force left-handed children to write with their right hands. That wasn’t a good outcome either.

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  4. anuragbakhshi
    Jan 15, 2018 @ 08:23:41

    They struggle on so many fronts, and we don’t even realize it so many times. But then, they do get to rise to much greater heights than ‘right-handers.’ 🙂

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  5. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Jan 14, 2018 @ 18:13:11

    Even now we forget the accommodations that a lefty might require. In the old days (happened to my hub) teachers might try and force right handedness. It oft-times incurred stuttering. Still, I’d give my right arm to be ambidextrous…

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  6. Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist
    Jan 14, 2018 @ 05:52:28

    A good piece Ritu. When I went to school you were not allowed to be left handed (probably because of the ink issue). The punishment varied from teacher to teacher but all lefties grew up ambidextrous after suffering a lot of pain.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 14, 2018 @ 08:55:53

      It’s strange isn’t it, but some people just cant use their right hand…! My daughter is one like that. I’m sure her grandparents tried so hard to encourage the other hand for writing, but the left won that battle!

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  7. Jennie
    Jan 13, 2018 @ 13:12:27

    Not easy to deal with. Remember the teacher turning your paper on your desk in the opposite direction to make it easier for you to write?

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  8. Judy E Martin
    Jan 13, 2018 @ 12:53:20

    Oh, I can definitely relate to this being a leftie myself! I tended to turn my book at a ridiculous angle so that I wouldn’t smudge my work when writing with a fountain pen.

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  9. robbiesinspiration
    Jan 13, 2018 @ 10:39:37

    Writing is not easy for left handed people, Ritu. My sister-in-law is left handed and she also struggled.

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  10. Charli Mills
    Jan 13, 2018 @ 02:57:03

    Oh, I hadn’t thought about the difficulty of writing from left to right as a lefty. I was right-handed but smeared the ink nonetheless. I’m so glad parents and teachers are more excepting of children who are left-handed these days.

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    • Ritu
      Jan 13, 2018 @ 08:12:42

      You’d be surprised… I think the newbie teachers don’t have the experience, so at the start of their careers, in pursuit of perfect books for the management and parents to see, they chastise children, before learning that the lefties need a little extra understanding and support to ensure they are as neat as the others, especially when pen cones into play!
      I know Lil Princess’s most recent teacher found her a quick drying ink pen to use in class, to combat the smudging problem, but she also finds that when using pencil, she ends up with lead residue on her hand!

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  11. syl65
    Jan 13, 2018 @ 02:12:38

    I’m a lefty! 😀

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  12. dornahainds
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 23:25:52

    Marvelous! 😎🥀

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  13. Michael
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 22:52:20

    Yes I remember the left handed kids did it tough…..thankfully ink and quills only lasted a short while for me…the good old biro saved so many of us.

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  14. OIKOS™-Redaktion
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 22:01:28

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  15. Erika Kind
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 20:52:44

    Many of my friends are left-handed. I remember what a challenge it was for my best friend to write with an ink pen!

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  16. pranabaxom
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 20:33:41

    Ah, a lefty.

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  17. Colleen Chesebro
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 19:24:35

    My husband and son, too. You poor thing. ❤ I bet you go easy on your left-handed students. 😉 ❤

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  18. scr4pl80
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 19:14:15

    Frustrating I’m sure!

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  19. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 19:06:13

    Aw, my sister is also a lefty… I never thought about this before. Thank you, for generating a whole new level of compassion for the struggles, no matter how large or small, that others face. ❤

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