Figuratively Speaking

“The sun in the west was a drop of burning gold that slid near and nearer the sill of the world.”
—Lord of the Flies, William Golding

William Golding’s use of metaphor for the reader who understands the figurative references is beautiful. But someone like me who saw words like “burning gold” or “nearer the sill of the world” became easily confused. Images of “flaming gold” and “a window sill” do not bring great meaning or enjoyment from Golding’s choice of expression. As someone who did not get this sort of thing, my strategy was to read without gathering meaning.


He laughed that same laugh I heard earlier, and said, “Once I was out school and not expected to meet someone else’s standards, I came to teach my-self to read little by little over time. Now I am no Einstein, but I enjoy a good book especially mysteries. I still get tripped up but now it’s by the authors design and has no obvious consequences for the reader. Its adventurous but not in the way that my brother and I tried to adventure all those years ago.”


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.

Kyle’s Humility

Later when he had calmed down he was in his room rethinking his behavior. He recalled the dream and began investigating what humility is. He learned quickly that humility is admitting your weakness, your wrong, or your impulse. Kyle considered this for a while and concluded that he should help his parents, as he wanted the new furniture too.

Maggie’s Vocabulary

Months went by and Maggie had learned many Latin and Greek prefixes, roots, and suffixes and how they worked together to make word families. She became intrigued with exploring the possibilities of combining prefixes, roots, and suffixes. She would spend a good portion of her time at tutoring with a root and building lists of vocabulary that can be built from the prefixes, and suffixes she knew and that were compatible with the root. Maggie did this for some time, and started noticing these patterns in words she was seeing at school.