An Unfortunate Speech Delay
“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” — Robert H. Schuller
A person is defined by their reaction to hard times. When I was younger, I had a problem with speech that affected my life tremendously. Until I was seven, I couldn’t pronounce my R’s, I pronounced them as W’s. It affected me greatly because my name begins with an R, so I couldn’t introduce myself. It was incredibly frustrating. On the first day of first grade, I had to introduce myself to my teacher. At the time, it was difficult for me to introduce myself because I had a speech delay. When she asked my name, I told her it was “Wylan”, but I thought that I said “Rylan“, so when she clarified by repeating “Wylan”, I got very upset. We went back and forth like this a few more times and I got incredibly frustrated. It was as if I was speaking in a foreign language that she didn’t understand. Finally, she had the clever idea to ask me how to spell it. For about a year, until I learned how to pronounce my R’s, I introduced myself by saying my name to the best of my abilities, and then pronouncing it. With the help of my teacher, I overcame my speech delay which was causing me a great deal of frustration. If my teacher hadn’t helped me, I would’ve been frustrated every time that I needed to introduce myself. This was the hardest thing that I have ever gone through, and it happened when I was too young to think of a solution on my own. But, I overcame it, with some help, and my life was much better because of it. Hard times are tough to overcome, but they are made easier by asking for help.