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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hmph! (03/04/10)

TITLE: I Love Them Commas
By Deborah Ann Belka


Hmph, another silly word challenge. Well, I will not be intimidated again; I will pursue and conquer this challenge like every other one I have taken on. I will beat it, with Godís grace I will come up with a wonderful story, the words will flow, and the Holy Spirit will touch upon my keyboard, with the ease of a, of a, of a . . .

You see, every word is a challenge to me, every sentence is a test, every comma (I love them commas) and period is a brave contribution to a paragraph. For, I am dislexic. Now, I did not correct this word for you, because this is the way my mind sees it, so here goes, spell checker is now on, and the correct door is number 3 . . . dyslexic. There it is in black and white the correct spelling of what I am. What was behind door one and two is the brain challenge God has given me.

In a dyslexic mind, your every thought is an ordeal. I have struggled with this brain challenge for over 58 years, well I donít really know if babies are challenged with this problem, but I am sure when my mom said do you want something to eat, I thought she said are you beat, or whereís your feet, or maybe I should take a seat! Anyway, from the time I can remember, which I have also forgotten, for my short- term and long-term memory lies somewhere under door number one, of maybe that was door number two.

I hear sounds differently and therefore I say them wrong, spell them wrong, and see them wrong. When you really take a long hard look at it, well, it is just wrong!

The mind is an amazing gift from God, some He has made so sharp, like Yvonne, Deb, Carol P, Verna Cole, Gregory, c.clemons, Alan S, Joy B, Lisa M, Frank, the Judyís, Patricia, Elizabeth and so many others, when I read your articles and poems I am lifted up spiritually and I am challenged mentally. If only I could be, if only I was, if only . . .

But, I am like Moses. I didnít want to enter the challenge, I didnít want to say what I canít spell, I didnít want to punctuate that which I have no idea where to punctuate. I have too much pride to put myself through Godís test and challenge, so He has sent to me you, my Aarons.

Hmph, here is my challenge to you, when you read something I have written and you see the inconsistency, point them out so I will learn, grow, and maybe someday I can suggest to you where to place your commas,(Oh, how, I, love, them, commas,) and maybe you will be the challenge that gets me beyond door three.

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Spell check on . . . maybe
Grammer check . . . off, obvolishly
Word count on . . . 526 or 562
Holy Spirit always right on!

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/11/10
This was so funny. I love how you laugh at yourself. You must have incredible self-esteem. Tiny typo in 2nd or 3rd paragraph you were talking about memory being in door one... you used of instead of or but I enjoyed every word spelled correctly or not. It was a great read. Thanks for sharing.
Dana McReynolds03/13/10
Thank you for writing from your heart. I loved it.
Connie Dixon03/14/10
Thanks for giving us a glimpse into the heart and mind of a dyslexic. When you've never been there, you don't have a clue. Keep up the great writing.