I was at a friends house on a play date (We are a bunch of Moms who are unable to entertain our children by ourselves so we get together; because misery loves company …he he he )
One of the Moms was saying how she weaned her kid off the “soother “ (masasa or lahayeh) so she spells the letters instead of saying it because she does not want her son to hear the word ,which will cause him to want it. Trust me, It’s not a floodgate you want to open.
For the life of me I could not figure out what she was spelling, so I thought to myself, I must not be paying attention and that’s why I could not reconstruct the word fast enough, therefore I nodded and pretended that I totally understood what she was saying. Then another Mom wanted to swear, because kids are like sponges and nothing escapes their ears, she spells the word “asshole“. Again I did not get it, I was so paying attention then.
That’s when it hit me, OH MY GOD, I think I am slow.
I was telling my husband that night: “I need to practice spelling words on the fly because I feel like one of the kids when the moms are spelling words. All I do is nod and pretend that I get it” so I told him, “How about you help me practice?” so he starts spelling words to me. He starts with “ psychology”. After a couple of attempts on my part to guess what he said I gave up (he was obviously being entertained at my expense, because all the words he used were long , hard and sucked… honest ..really…well …maybe not too hard, but they sucked anyway ).
So after he said a couple more challenging words (to me at least) I said, “listen, how about we start with 5 letter words”, and I got it this time, the wrod was “weird”. I found the closest object next to me and hit him with it.
I am not going to tell my daughter about this disability, because she will start spelling stuff to her friends and I will be completely in the dark.
So, aside from being slow, is there something medically wrong with me?
In the time being, until they find a cure for my dilemma, I will stick to nodding.
Update: So I was talking to one of my Canadian friends yesterday ( maybe like 8th generation Canadian ,ya3ni salhom hon for hunderds of years) and she said that she has the same problem as me. I felt much better after that :). I thought I was like that because of ESL (English as a second language)