Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Star (short story) by Leanne Dyck

As some of you know I'm dyslexic. My elementary school teacher wrote a note on my report:  Though Leanne tries really hard, there's something wrong. I recommend that you take her for testing at the Children's Hospital. 

This short story is inspired by true events.

A Star

I slip the yellow pencil between my thumb and index finger and coil my hand into a tight fist.
"Print your name in the right-hand corner," the teacher says.
My right hand is...? No, this one.
I push the tip of the pencil into the paper, carve an 'L', then a 'Y', then an 'N' and then I run out of room. I turn the paper sideways and add an 'I' and a 'D'. 
That's wrong.
I set the pencil on the desk and pick up the eraser. I press down hard and swing my arm back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. The marks are still there. I flip the paper over. This time I make the letters smaller but my name still doesn't fit. The eraser bites a hole in the paper.
"Now draw a line connecting the dots," the teacher says.
What dots?
My best friend--Little Miss Pretty Face--connects dot after dot after dot and draws a star. I look down at my paper--the gray smudges, the hole.  
"Please bring your papers to my desk," the teacher says.
No! I can't show My Teacher this. My stomach becomes a solid rock.
My friend looks from her work to mine. "I'll take our papers to the teacher." She covers my mistake with her star. 

Though this story, I hope to promote awareness and understanding of dyslexia.


Recommended books that promote awareness and understanding of dyslexia.

The Gift of Dyslexia
Ronald D. Davis
The Berkley Publishing Group (1994, 1997)
a division of Penguin Putnam Inc.

My Dyslexia
Philip Schultz
W. W. Norton & Company (2011)

Understanding Dyslexia and Other Learning Disabilities
Linda Siegel
Pacific Educational Press (2013)


Laurie Buchanan said...

Leanne — This true story tugs at my heartstrings. Thank you for sharing it.

Leanne Dyck said...

Thank you for your kind comment, Laurie. I made an error in the introduction. I should have written that it was inspired by true events. I hope it offers some insight into what it's like to have dyslexia.