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.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.