"My Reading Adventures with a delightful Hispanic Boy" - MARAVILLOSO!

In the volunteer reading literacy program I just began 2 weeks ago; I signed & agreed not to write or discuss this endeavor with any social media, etc. - but I found a loophole.

By not saying which charity group, the school I meet my little 7 year old student in, or his name - I think I can divulge that this Hispanic boy is as delightful as any child could be.

This fact reminded me once again; that everyone of any heritage is an individual; not lumped together as one.  

And, maybe; just maybe - this little boy will take away the same thought.

Truth be told - I know I'll be getting more out of this than he will - but I'll keep that a secret for now.

But, it isn't lost on me; that my attentiveness & passion for reading & writing will somehow influence him in some small way down the road. 

He may not remember my name or my face - but when he reads fluently with pride; loving his 2nd language & becomes what he is meant to be - that is all that is important.

When we met each other for the first time, introduced by his teacher & surrounded by his classmates - our aspirations for each other were probably over the top. 

Thru his beautiful brown eyes; I could tell he was prepped that I was coming; as I was fully vetted & attended an orientation for our connection. 

There was an anticipation only reserved for this kind of meeting where you share yourselves intimately - vulnerable on both sides; that only come from being the student & the teacher - with or without credentials.

What I say & how I present the English Language is a responsibility that no one thinks about.  But now; I got it.

This hour once a week is just the right amount of time for any adult to be with a 7 year old & vice versa - so it's all good.

Sure, when my daughter was small; I got her Girl Scout troop their "Writing Badge" & produced & directed a major Teen Talent Show & Contest for my community in the suburbs - that alone will probably get me points in some Hereafter - just for the patience of it all.

But, it's true - when you give of yourself with no remuneration; you're never tired.

Knowing zero Spanish has given me a duel challenge & an opportunity to get my feet wet in the language that is sweeping the world; if not L.A.

When his teacher introduced us; she said he was bright in front of him & that alone must've propelled him down to his toes - something I never got as a child; but made up for it in other ways.

I figure, to help a bright child is just as challenging as a child who is adrift - so my hours ahead with him & maybe others someday - is full of wide-eyed promise - one word at a time.

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Comment by marilyn sands on March 7, 2016 at 12:39pm

Don't worry - coming soon is my new funny article, "WHY I DATE Oxymorons"!

Comment by koshersalaami on March 7, 2016 at 1:04pm
Sounds fantastic
Comment by marilyn sands on March 7, 2016 at 4:48pm

Thanks Kosh!  My fun volunteering gig - or my up & coming funny article about ardent Spellars? 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on March 7, 2016 at 5:26pm

I did that for over a year with a lady from Guatemala... She was fluent in English and Spanish but she was also dyslexic and prone to seizures that pretty much wiped her memory.  I got her some help through LA City College and she graduated without a HS degree.  Nearly twenty years of LAUSD and community college and no cared enough to have her tested or get her any help.  We worked together for nearly two years and by the time we finished she was reading all the Twilight Series of Vampire Romance.  It's great to watch someone learn to read.

Comment by marilyn sands on March 7, 2016 at 5:33pm

Thanks jmac!  Commendable!  Sounds like a job for Superman.  Dyslexia in any language is a hard thing to conquer.

Comment by Jeanne Sathre on March 7, 2016 at 6:18pm

You sound like the right person for the job. You're both going to come out ahead.

Comment by marilyn sands on March 7, 2016 at 7:52pm

That's so sweet, Jeanne!  Thanks.  I bet you could tell some tales yourself; in that regard.

Comment by Valerie Lynn Stephens on March 11, 2016 at 12:34pm

Bless You! Literacy Education is also at the top of my list...I used to be a volunteer tutor & would like to take it up again. You do very important work. This is very inspiring. Thank you. ;-))

Comment by marilyn sands on June 8, 2016 at 9:12pm

Hey Valerie - a little late but thanks so much for the comment - just finished my 1st semester & the teacher & boy seemed very pleased with our pairing.

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