Permission to make marks, to invent words and don’t take yourself to seriously. This morning remembering a private tudor who taught me to sound out words at age 16.
Mary Ellen Loveless saved my life more then once. As we sat under a lamp on her dark, cold front porch; her playing children in the other room, she asked me ” I bet you think this English language that we speak is primitive and silly. ”
I wondered how she knew what I was thinking, trust was formed.
I describe Mary Ellen in my life as the first woman who saw me. I knew somehow, I had a brain, I was intelligent with great common sense, I could figure things out so much quicker than a lot of other people even adults. Yet I was being told I was stupid , used as an example in classes how not to spell. On many occasions, singled out and removed from language classes and sent to “remedial reading ” an old trailer next to some class rooms , a place that the other children cruelty called the retard room.
I’m not telling you this to make you feel sorry or to pity children with disabilities. The mind is an amazing place. The brain however dysfunctional, according to society could be advanced in so many other ways that we know nothing about. The mind or brain of a dyslexic child is an amazing place, it should be elevated and celebrated. Many famous dyslexic minds show us that we know so little about this minimal brain dysfunction, and yet it is still uncomfortable to mention that you have dyslexia, it is still seen as a disability. This wonderful Ted special is something I wanted to share; if you have a little time ,do you watch this video it’s so worth it. I enjoyed it so much and made me giggle. So enjoy make up some words, feel free, if you were the first person to crest or spell the word, how do you know if it’s correct ?
Rules , grammar and spelling is so so important. Learn as much as you can but never let the norms or or restrictions hold you back . Creatives is just as important and that has no rules. You have to risk being made fun of, to be humiliated, if you want to create.