I teach a class called "Modern Communication." The irony is that for the first ten years of my life I couldn't say my own name.
I was always very fond of my name.
The letters "L" and "R" were my personal demons.
... so twice a week I had to leave class, descend a flight of stairs, and squeeze into a closet of a room with Ms B., the speech therapist.
Ms B. was a great believer in stickers...
... and in a special box.
But I didn't want a lacy, neon green shoelace or half a ripped Garfield comic book. Instead, I offered Ms B. a deal.
She really didn't understand.
Suddenly my diagnosis blurred. I was no longer the girl with the speech problem; I was the girl with the attitude problem.
Eventually Ms B. wrote me off as a lost cause.
Sixteen years have passed, and to hear me talk you wouldn't know that I'd ever had a speech problem.