One thing that makes me different is my speech and teeth. I had to have 8 baby teeth pulled out because the roots would not shrink and fall out so that my adult teeth could grow in. Because of this, my speech is slightly impaired, but that’s not the only reason.
When I was a baby, I had a lot of ear infections and needed to have tubes in my ears. This was during an important part of my life when I was learning to talk. When people were talking to me, it sounded muffled. This affected how I learned to speak. I have been in speech therapy since I was 2 years old and I continue to work very hard on my speech. It is hard for me because I always have to repeat myself. And some people just can’t understand me. People who do not know me very well have a hard time understanding what I am saying.
My grandparents in Chicago, who I don’t see very often, are an example of people who have a hard time knowing what I say. I have to try very hard and talk slowly for them to get it. Sometimes I have to repeat myself over three times for them to understand! Occasionally, it bothers me that I have to repeat myself over and over and I just say forget it. But most of the time, I don’t mind.
Some of my best friends that I have known for a while can always understand me, and they don’t care if I make a mistake. My brother has understood me since we were just little! My parents know what I am saying and if I make a mistake, they have me try again. I know I have a ways to go, but I will keep trying my best. This is what makes me, ME!