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  • November 21, 2016

The Other Side

So the other day I found out someone who I knew of could not read or write. I never would have guessed it but, looking back, the signs were there. Not being able to write is one thing, but the challenges with not reading are rather eye-opening.

In order to get food at any store, like say canned food, they go by the label and coloring. If that changes, which I guess it has from time to time, they have no clue what they are buying.

Driving from place to place in an area they know is fine, but stick them in another province and they have no clue where they are or how to get to where they want to go. They can read the numbers on road signs but not the words.

They get a bill in the mail and they have no idea who it is from. Something from the government or some other place that could be rather pertinent, no idea what so ever.

Even working, when it came to forms they always strayed away and let someone else do it.

No want to learn it seems either. Just content having someone else read things to them and trust in them not to steer them wrong.

Smart when it comes to other aspects of life, as you’d have to be to fake it for so long, but has no ability to read a single word. They know that a red sign means stop but they can’t read the word Stop.

Really puts things into perspective with how easy anyone reading this has it with life compared to those who can’t read. Ever think about how lost you’d be if you couldn’t read?

Enjoy life, forget the strife.



2016-11-21 13:42:34 Reply

Raising special needs kids, I ran into this all the time. I couldn’t get by without being able to read AND write. What’s really frustrating is when they CAN read if they just put a little work into it, but they don’t want to because it’s too hard…

    Pat Hatt

    2016-11-21 14:37:56 Reply

    First one I ever know, besides a few special needs, who can’t. And yeah, he could if he put in a little effort.


2016-11-25 22:31:18 Reply

Hi Pat! I’ve read some sad stories of people who can’t read. My heart goes out to them, but apparently many more people than we imagine cannot read or write. How does this happen?

    Pat Hatt

    2016-11-26 13:25:43 Reply

    Yeah, I never would have guessed. Many seem to fall through the cracks

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