“I can’t read, that’s why!” screamed Jasmine. She buried her face into her pillows and cried heavily as her mother just rubbed her back. Shelly was equally upset inside, and asking herself many questions about their move and why she’d missed Jasmine’s reading issues. Jasmine quieted and fell asleep. Shelly covered her and left the room.
As the years passed Darcy benefitted from her special education and made gains. By the time she entered high school her need for help was reduced but still needed. As would be expected, the conversations about Darcy’s plans for the future seemingly needed to be guarded so as to not set her up for failure. Her parents had not been told of Darcy’s dream years ago about her path in life. As they were talking about Darcy’s options for the future, Darcy shared her dream, which was still vivid in her mind.
Much to Dustin’s amazement, his teacher smiled a huge smile, and patted him on the shoulder. “That was very well said young man. You stated your main idea and kept your details organized and connected so I could follow your thinking. Let me ask you this, which version did you think was better, your written report or the one you just told me?”
Much of my life I have lived in fear, you see my dyslexia caused me to see the world from a lens of being less and needing to prove myself to others. Always seeking approval or assurances of my competency at school and work. This fearful life pattern was terribly disruptive to many of my relationships as I did not always see myself as an equal. This perception of how things were to go was inhibiting me from being my real self, and taking charge of who I was with confidence.
Later, Theo asked at church if someone had a room Mac could live until he got back on his feet. A retired couple whose children were out of the house, opened their home to Mac. The pastor helped find assistance with Mac’s PTSD at the Vet Center. The paperwork to get assistance was a road block to Mac’s getting the help he needed. The stress of this process was simply overwhelming for him to tackle between his learning difference, and his PTSD.