David Raymond describes throughout the passage of his difficulties with dyslexia and the journey he endured to overcome it. In the beginning of the piece he describes a situation to his audience of a conflict between himself and his teacher. Raymond indicates his inability to read at the level he should be at as a 17 year old and expresses a constant feeling of being “dumb.”
One thing that stuck out to me personally was when Raymond stated, “You can’t know unless you’ve been there, It’s not easy to tell how it feels when you can’t read your own homework assignment.” This is completely true because I have struggled with dyslexia. Now before you start to feel pity for me, my case was a tad different and a little less severe than Raymond’s, but nonetheless a struggle. For me reading aloud was a struggle because I would mix up letter in a word and couldn’t read as fast. That wasn’t as challenging when comparing it to writing. Writing is difficult for me because I switch letter like b, p, and d, or I will simply misspell words because letter would just switch places on me, with an occasional number thrown in there. Through the years I’ve been able to improve my abilities to read and write through hard work. One example that made an impact was cursive handwriting, which allowed me to make fewer errors because I lift the pen less when writing a word. But whenever I’m writing I have to be consciously aware of what I’m writing because if I don’t I slip into my dyslexic mistakes.
Just like David Raymond had to go through a long process from elementary school to high school to work on his abilities to read, I to can relate to his experience. As he ends the section speaking about his expressed desire of entering college, it reflects the success of his journey despite obstacles. And David shares his story with the intent that “Maybe some teacher will read it and go easy on a kid in the classroom who has what I’ve got. Or, maybe some parent will stop nagging his kid, and stop calling him lazy. Maybe he’s not dumb or lazy. Maybe he just can’t read and doesn’t know what’s wrong. Maybe he’s scared, like I was.” This brought everything full circle because for me I went from an extremely low reading and writing abilities to currently enrolled in a high level college English course. It doesn’t matter who can read or write better than others, it’s about where it can take you and the possibilities it can open for you. Some of the greatest minds were though to have dyslexia, so who is to say that its not an advantage I have.
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Maybe the fact that Raymond and myself had to overcome such a challenging obstacle in our life enabled us to reach new heights because we overcame dyslexia. It still affects us today because it won’t ever completely go away but I believe I’m stronger in my writing because of it, not in spite of it.