Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thankfulness for the Completion of a Book
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My nine-year-old son is becoming a reader! O.k. what's the big deal you ask?? Well, this child has struggled with reading since day one. He has always loved to be read to, but only in the last few weeks has he actually found his own private joy in reading. As a new parent I looked forward to the day that my children would disappear into their rooms for hours on end, good book in hand. Reading has always brought me so much pleasure, and I wanted the same for them. For the past three years I've wondered if I would ever be able to see my dream come true for my dear son. You see, he is dyslexic. He has struggled since kindergarten, but was only diagnosed about 6 weeks ago. Reading is still a struggle for him, but his overriding love of books has helped him tremendously. About two weeks ago my dream finally came true. He disappeared upstairs and it was very quiet. I called up, "A, what are you doing?" He answered, "Reading." Then about two hours later he came down so very proud of himself because for the first time ever he had FINISHED a whole chapter book all on his own. I was thrilled to be able to tell him to go drop the completed book in the library bag so it could go back. Such a simple everyday thing, but one of the things I'm most thankful for this year. He still has a long road ahead of him, but simply knowing that their is a reason for his difficulties seems to have helped him tremendously, and I know given his innate intelligence and drive to succeed that he will go very far!