Super Mom

My biggest wish

Friday we were busy with Afrikaans and part of our work for the day was to conduct interviews.  Jason was promptly nominated as the first person to be interviewed and as always we had some brilliant answers from him and spent most of the time laughing.  He really could be a standup comedian.  Homeschooling would not be the same without him.

Some of the questions were very straight forward…the usual what is your favourite food, colour etc.

Zander was also interviewed and one of the questions asked was what is you biggest wish.

“My biggest wish is to be able to read.”

There was a very short moment of silence, where both Jason and I knew we had to handle this answer the correct way.  We don’t want him to feel any less because he battles to read.  We want to acknowledge the fact that he does, as well as give him praise because he never gives up.

My heart broke.  In that very moment my heart broke for him.  Why should his biggest wish be to be able to read?  Why not to meet his hero (who BTW he said was me), get the newest electronic game, new cellphone or whatever it is that young boys desire?  Why the ability to read fluently?  Life can be very unfair.

However, I am very proud of him.  Proud that he is not embarrassed to admit he is dyslexic.  That is doesn’t mind asking for help if he is not sure how to read a word.  He is fine with the fact that his friends will correct his spelling.  I’m proud that he actually types whatsapp messages instead of sending voice-notes.  Not the lazy kind of typing (where typing 2morrow is such a time-saver!  What on earth will you do with that extra split seconds you saved)  No, even my dyslexic son takes the time to type out the words.

Zander, I love you.  I love how you accept the hand dealt to you even though I know it can’t be easy. I will forever be proud of who you are.

Remember that you are allowed more than one wish.


Your greatest supporter


8 responses

  1. Alisa

    You’re a superstar Mel! I’ve missed chatting with you.

    July 29, 2019 at 1:44 pm

  2. We all do what we think is the best of our children, right? Miss you too!

    July 29, 2019 at 2:47 pm

  3. He is able to accept it and ask for help because his mom and his family have made it safe to do so! He is a very lucky kid. ❤

    July 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    • Thank you Angel. That means so much.

      July 29, 2019 at 3:32 pm

  4. That is very special, well done to Zander for not giving up. Your boys are blessed, you’re a wonderful Mom.

    July 29, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    • Thank you so much Angelique. I appreciate that. We all do what we think is best, right?

      July 29, 2019 at 3:31 pm

  5. I’ve recently discovered audiobooks on Audible and Zander my also enjoy them. He will be reading with his ears. 🙂

    July 29, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    • He would love that. It is important for him to read though. In time he might pick up on spelling of words if he sees them. Maybe both audio and read. That would work.

      August 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm

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