*Guest post by Jacqueline Miller
*First published on Her View From Home
I see your slumped shoulders and head down when you leave school.
I see you reciting your presentation from memory, even though the words are right in front of you.
I see you at the library, paging through Where’s Waldo, and trying to hide it from your peers with their chapter books.
I see you cracking jokes, stalling, making excuses and sometimes getting in trouble to avoid embarrassment related to your learning differences.
I see you collapse into bed, exhausted, at the end of every school day.
And I wish the world would see you, too. Not just a troublemaker who can’t sit still. Who wears black jeans and hoodies every day. The jokester who avoids reading in front of people.
I wish they could see your heart. How you defend your little brother and anyone who’s being picked on. How you swallow your pride to ask for help, and how you’re the first to jump up and help someone else.
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Jacqueline Miller is a freelance journalist who uses a pseudonym when writing about her children to protect their privacy. She lives in the Midwest with her husband, two sons and a rescue mutt. Find her at www.boogersabroad.com or https://www.facebook.com/