18 Nov Making sense of our world when reading is a struggle – Graham Wakefield
Graham Wakefield is my Dad. My Dad has always had fairly limited reading and writing levels. He describes how he can now read a novel, by working at it, taking it in small pieces, and giving himself permission to skip over the parts where he gets confused.
We talked about coping with death, as my Mum and his wife Brenda, passed away in 2013. When my Mum died, that brought about a real respect for my Dad, as he had lost both of his parents by the time he was 26, including having his Dad pass away from a heart attack while walking in a paddock with him.
My Dad got quite emotional talking about the biggest surprise of his adult life, was having 3 daughters who each did really well in their studies, as neither he nor Mum had finished high school.