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Which subject in school did you find impossible to master? Did math give you hives? Did English make you scream? Do tell!

When I was little I couldn’t master reading and writing. First, I didn’t know a word of Spanish because is not my motherly language. Second, I had a problem, I still have. For me right, left, up and down is all the same. I can’t distinguish one from another. I never knew with what hand I had to grab the pencil. There was no way for me to draw correctly the letters and numbers. P d b q were, still are, all the same to me. I had a mess in my mind of letters and numbers impossible to distinguish. Sometimes my handwriting only could be read in a mirror.

I was aware of my problem and I remember how I used to spend time making countless calculations to draw a letter or a number exactly the way it appeared on the chalkboard, only to take the wrong decision to my teacher desperation.

Today they would say I had some kind of dyslexia or directionality problem. Back then, they simply thought I was Incredible slow and probably stupid. I had to learn the hard way.

Thanks God I had at home my parents supporting me, helping me, and convincing me I was no stupid. I finally learned how to read and write despite my problems and became a journalist.

via Daily Prompt: Land of Confusion.
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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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  1. A great story about your perseverance! So glad you didn’t give up. Things are very different for kids with issues. And I am glad, although, I think they went too far the other way.

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    • Thank you. I’m not in education but I suppose things have changed a lot from those days.

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