Grandfather says he is blessed with a good memory and enough self-assurance that it’s not a curse; little things from long ago come to mind.
When he was six years old, Grandfather learned to read by the phonic method: “sound it out.”
Well, there is an island in the Detroit River with the French name Belle Isle. Grandfather read it out loud as “belly izzle.”
Teacher praised him for phonic accuracy and Grandfather learned that phonics doesn’t always work.
About the Author: RD Blakeslee is an octogenarian in West Virginia who built his net worth by only investing in that which can be enjoyed during acquisition and throughout life, as opposed to papers in a drawer, like stocks and bonds. You can read more about him here.
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