I have an adult son with epilepsy. Recently he suffered a seizure in a parking lot, fracturing his skull. He was rushed into surgery, where a brilliant neurosurgeon not only repaired his skull and resolved the sub dural hematoma, he saved my son’s quality of life. His short-term memory is gradually getting back to where it it was before the accident, and he is once again living on his own.
This poem by Sue Vincent really struck a chord with me. Dr. Suess was a brilliant man in so many ways–children and adults all over the world have been touched by his hilarious tongue twisters!
Thinking to help my son heal his speech right
I had sent out a call on the Freecycle site…
Every day for a week I was checking to see
If anyone local might have some books free.
Remembering childhood and tongue-twisting ditties
I set the request to go out to three cities
Quite soon, sure enough, an address I could look up,
And dive across town to be picking a book up.
It didn’t take long till we had a collection
Addressing lacunae in diction’s defection.
Each morning we’d read and he’d make his lips wriggle
And both, unsuccessfully, try not to giggle.
We read about Sleeping and yawns under noses
And Foxes with Soxes to cover their toes-es,
We read about Green Eggs and Ham and the Cat
Who had juggled the goldfish and then doffed his Hat.
We wrangled with words and with pronunciation
Till it was apparent…
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