- Esther Friedman M.Ed.
From the desk of the cutest 5-year-old ever!
From THE DESK OF a 5-YEAR-OLD with dyslexia - ME
I can sing the abc
But have to start again when distracted by a different key
At the same time, I can remember the word crescent
When the lady at the science museum was discussing the moons descent
I trick my doctor into thinking I’m okay.
Those 1 second pauses are beyond his black and white screening, there’s no room for gray
At the same time, I have no need for tricks
When charming my best uncle with perceptive comments that are way beyond slick
I make up rules and games like no one’s business
When I have the stamina and energy, life is just creative bliss
However, when someone else creates the reading rules, and I need to balance both parts of my brain
I can’t help it but make it clear that I really feel the unbearable strain
When I tell my dad something where yesterday is temporarily tomorrow
He understands me and laughs it off like when I said LEND IT instead of BORROW
Or except vs. including
When I’m all serious and never brooding.
But there are times strangers look at me funny
When “Thought I Said Itis” is a bet for anyone’s money
(Because what I meant to say is not on their itinerary)
I can always say something just when I want to say it without thinking
I don’t struggle at all, I bet I’m hardly blinking
But why is it when the whole class is staring
Or the adult is waiting for an answer and looking so uncaring
That suddenly I need to look like the grump of a kid
Who won’t answer as if “I’m not telling” is my bid
The answer to these questions must start with an awareness from YOU
In an age of flying cars, magicians, robots, and Mars trips with a fee
Can’t we take dyslexia to a new level while I could still be me
There must be an expert who can help balance my brain’s activity like new
Fixing my weaknesses through use of my strengths too
All while enhancing the qualities that stamp me to be free
And allowing reading to really be accessible through a carved-out key
PS: I’m told there IS such a thing now.
PPS: To see my real doodles for each stanza, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (I'm serious!)