November 17, 2013
Close to Nowhere
Left or right, which is which?
• No, we didn’t have enough dogs at our house. Between daughter Dana and and our house, we have a bunch. But when you fall in love, one more is sometimes necessary.
We have two outside dogs, Quint and Nobi, and in my house, I have a miniature schnauzer and a pomeranian – both very small dogs.
Saturday, Dana and I were at a quilt class when Jackie, whom we’ve never met, called. Her friend Camille, who just happens to be the quilt class teacher, was the go-between helping her friend Jackie find folks to buy her puppies.
Youngest granddaughter Remy had made the trip to Arlington, Tenn., with us for the quilt class. After the class, we were going to follow Tammye, another friend in the class, to Jackie’s house, look at the puppies and maybe get one.
Wrong. Remy needed a puppy right now! Since I am a grandmother, I left the quilting class with Remy and we went to Jackie’s house.
We came back to the quilt class with a new puppy — Bernadette is 11 weeks old. She’s also bigger than both my small dogs and weighs 20 pounds.
She’s going to grow up to be a horse. Her mom is a great Pyrenees and her dad is a standard poodle.
Monday night, Remy spent the night with me. So did Bernadette. You’ll never guess where Bernie slept. If you guessed in my bed with me, Remy and my two small dogs, you would have guessed correctly. I think I’m in trouble.
•Last Tuesday, here at the paper, editor Barry had trouble believing that I couldn’t tell north from left or right. I don’t think he was convinced that I wasn’t kidding.
Actually, there is a classification for folks like me. It’s very similar to dyslexia, but instead of having trouble with the alphabet, words and reading, I have trouble with numbers. And it bleeds over into left and right and directional sense. It’s the main reason I am constantly lost while driving someplace.
According to Wikipedia: Dyscalculia is difficulty in learning or comprehending arithmetic, such as difficulty in understanding numbers, learning how to manipulate numbers, and learning math facts. It is generally seen as a specific developmental disorder like dyslexia. Dyscalculia can occur in people from across the whole IQ range, often, but not always, involving difficulties with time, measurement and spatial reasoning.
I like knowing there is a reason I have never been able to do math. And that when I get lost and can’t tell left and right from north and west.
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