When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Posted by The Wizzle | Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 7:34 PM


Iris knows all her letters, but she doesn't understand the sounds they make, or how to put them all together.

She definitely has some favorites combinations, though. The ones she sees most often, the ones she knows what to do with.

The ones close to home.

I. R. I. S.


But only one family member's name is a common word, so E.V.E. definitely gets the most press time.

And because her understanding is so limited, and she desires so fiercely to grasp what this world is all about, she sees those letters everywhere she looks.

We don't see them, because they are hidden within other words.

Words we know, familiar words.

Because everyone else in our family can read, we see the letters arranged as they were intended to be: broken into syllables in our minds, then ordered into sentences, paragraphs. Pronounced a certain way - the right way - and we flash through them lightning fast.

Like microfiche machines my children will never use.

But Iris, lacking the big picture, can turn her laser beam mind in any direction and find exactly what she is looking for, hidden in plain sight.

Because when we are really looking for something, it turns out that it is all around us.

Comments (4)

I just love that.

I really had to look hard at first. So interesting and so great!


How true! It's all always there, we just have to see it.