As the school year progressed, Denver became more and more dissatisfied with his performance on tests and homework. He wanted so for it to match his abilities with the times where he can show his skills hands-on. At one-point Denver decided there was something wrong with him, and he began to investigate the source of his difficulties. He started reading about reading differences, and one term kept being used to describe this problem. The word was dyslexia. Denver asked his parents about dyslexia, and they agreed it was not familiar to either of them.
“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.
My mind started to consider his message in my own life. It raised some serious questions for me. I have been having difficulty learning to spell and write in school, and it is obvious to me my brothers do not share in this weakness. My questions start with my dyslexia, is it a weakness that Christ Jesus would use his power to help?