I only began using a computer and the internet in the mid-1990's. I am not at all proficient in Word, Excel or Powerpoint but hopefully in the future I will get to know these programs. I do my best to never use the phrase "It's easy", because something might be easy for myself but it may not be easy for someone else. I am very patient and realize that not everyone has the same learning capacity and/or speed, so I respect this in others as well. I am patient with others...and please know that this is difficult for me to share, but those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time already know this, so please bear with me. For those of you who are newer readers and followers of my blog, I certainly hope that this doesn't scare you away. I know it may sound strange that I would think that some may be scared away, but believe me, it has happened to me in the past and I find it very sad that people should get scared away for this. Friends of mine who have known me for a long time (face to face) have told me that people who get scared away over this are not worth having as friends to begin with. I tend to agree.
When I was in Grade 2, one of my teachers felt that my capacity for learning was at a slower pace than the other students...as a result of this, I was put into what was called a special class. I never mentioned this to anyone whom I knew, because, to be honest, it was quite difficult and embarrassing for me. The students in the regular classes often made fun of me, calling me things like "stupid", "retarded", "dummy" and the like. I was in this special class right up to high school, but in the last two years of high school, with the help of a very kind and patient tutor, encouraging and kind teachers, I managed to get back into the regular classes by grade 10, and graduated with my high school diploma in grade 11. I had to work really hard, because I was not only moving up a grade a year, but a level, so it was hard work but I did my best.
For anyone who has spoken to me and/or met me, it is a shock that I was ever in such a class to begin with. This is the thing with mental illness such as depression, which I do struggle with, and a slightly slower capacity to learn, which is not a mental illness but I suppose a mild disability. It for the most part doesn't show on the face or in the actions of a person, but it is there. Whether or not I 'belonged' in the special class in school for people who learn at a slower capacity, it has taught me to be kind and patient, especially with people who have disabilities, be it mental or physical. It has taught me to be non-judgmental and to be empathetic towards everyone, and especially people who have been misjudged and/or mistreated by others because of their mental illness or disability. A few of the teachers who taught the 'special class' that I was put in told me that they felt I didn't belong there. However, being a child I wasn't in a position to know or decide this, so.... Thank you for listening and I will talk more about this in future posts. I will close this personal note with this quotation. :)
The videos I have chosen for this post are:
A Just for Laughs Gag/Juste pour Rire
Boreal Chickadee - Bird of the Boreal Forest
The Russian Tea Room - New York, NY
A Fox Steals a Man's Golf Ball
For the following, I am providing the link source beneath each photo. You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.