Aaliyah made me a card today, with her name written on it, backwards. This is dyslexia. This is why reading is a struggle, because this is how she sees words a lot of the time.
But look at what else is on the card. Too often the focus is on what’s wrong with it, and not what’s right about it. It is creative, artistic and the attention to detail even down to the baby bird on the branch is something to be proud of.
Mama friends, we all fall into the trap of getting so hyper focused on what’s “wrong” with our kiddos, that we sometimes forget to notice all the “right” things. The good things. I know, because I’ve been guilty of it.
I can’t believe she’s 8, and she can barely read. I can’t believe she can’t write a full sentence without crying. Why isn’t she retaining information? Why can’t she handle chapter books yet? All these thoughts and more have crossed my mind, and made me feel a failure many, many times.
Until moments like this when God gently reminds me to focus on her talents. She is artistic. She is creative. She is curious. She has an ear for music and a sweet singing voice.
As my mind floods with all the things she excels in, I realize it is too much to list here and I am thankful for the privilege to not only be her mom, but teach her at home, away from outside pressures and influences that would make her feel “less than” because she sees things differently than her peers. One blessed mama over here!