Island Dweller writes:
I have read with interest your latest screed on the intricacies of dyslexia.
Your humble subject has had a brush or two with this slight disorder. One of your subject’s genuine pleasures during his past employment with the Crown was to serve as a trainer for young people who had chosen his profession as their life’s calling. One of these youngsters was a truly outstanding young lady with an excellent work ethic and endless energy. Despite government-sponsored militant feminism, your humble subject’s God-planned hard-wired tendencies had not been excised during his service with the emperor’s legions, so I can say I noted this was a nice-looking young lady, too; and with a medical background. It came out during our daily associations she had dyslexia, which in her case she overcame with enormous concentration and application of effort – a by-product of which was to provide her with the aforementioned highly-admirable qualities. When your humble subject was hospitalized following his sudden and near-fatal illness, she visited me in the ICU where she checked on my incident, care, and prognosis – as she would have to be working next to me when I recovered – before sitting down with me for a while. I finally got to hold her hand – but only after it had been thoroughly scrubbed, true to her medical background. She is still practicing what I in part schooled her in and is a source of great pride.
The second thing is an interesting “Did you know that” statement. I have read Gen. George S. Patton was a dyslexic. It was noted during his time at VMI and elsewhere in his youth he was a terrible speller. I’ve never delved into this in detail, but there was a tendency in those days to ascribe this problem to indifference, rather than a medical condition. It could be his total devotion to his craft (similar to the young lady noted above) was a means of compensating for this little problem. It certainly didn’t affect any of his other attributes or capabilities – Dad could testify to that. Whoop-ass doesn’t need to write doctoral theses – just lay out a plan and ensure it is carried out. The moral of the story – be careful whom you mock for their spelling – they can jail you, or do far worse!
Your hmulbe subject
Island Dweller of course brings sensitivity and good points in response to a piece that was largely an ill-considered attempt to mock and ridicule dyslexics. But we do see what you did there, ID.