PEMISIRE (Part 25&26) – OPEYEMI OJERINDE AKINTUNDE

PART 25 PÈMÍSÍRE”
©️Opeyemi Ojerinde Akintunde

“Madam, your son has a learning disability called dyslexia and he shows signs of ADHD!” The proprietress said to me

“ADHD? What is that? I have heard about dyslexia though I don’t know much about it. But what is ADHD?”

“It is a disorder that includes difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behaviour and hyperactivity.

Although ADHD is not considered a learning disability, research indicates that a large percentage of children with ADHD also have a specific learning disability and that the two conditions can interact to make learning extremely challenging, which is where dyslexia comes in.

Dyslexia is a learning disorder that affects reading and related language-based processing skills.

The severity can differ in each individual but can affect reading fluency, decoding, reading comprehension, recall, writing, spelling, and sometimes speech.

However, in David’s case, he talks but if  you pay attention and spend time with him, you will realize he talks lower than his age.” The proprietress had said

“Abigail, my life crashed. My husband and I had agreed that we only wanted a child, so we could give him the best life. I wept profusely in front of the proprietress. I asked questions as to why me?”

“Why not you?” The proprietress has asked

“Are you different from the women who have these type of Children. I don’t know what caused this in your child, but whatever this child turns out to be in future lies in your hands…”

“For you not to have discovered this in your child very early, it shows that you have not been very observant.”

“My son was not born with this disability. In fact when he was around 10 months, while I was on leave, he had started identifying alphabets.”

“ Who taught him the alphabets at that  time?” The proprietress asked

“ Myself…”

“ So what happened?”

“ I had to go back to work, so I enrolled him at the sunshine crèche.”

“ Sunshine Crèche? The same sunshine crèche on Bentley street?”

“ Yes, ma… “

“ My goodness, this is going to be the 5th case that can be traced to Sunshine crèche… The school is owned by “ schoolpreneurs”, where everything starts and ends with money.” The proprietress said…

************* “ Abigail, I got to know that the crèche added sleeping syrup into the meals of the children, and all the children would sleep all day.

Therefore, whenever the children returned home they were always hyperactive. Abigail, my son lived on sleeping syrup daily for 6 months.

The sleeping syrup had overwhelmed his brain. He became physically overactive but mentally drained…

Abigail I suffered, no school was willing to accept him. The proprietress advised we took him to a Special School but I was stubborn about it…

I didn’t want to accept that my child had a learning disorder…

Abigail for 10 years I lived in denial. I got the best lesson teachers who tried hard. I kept spending all my salary on multivitamins that could boost his brain. I enrolled him for different therapy sessions… Abigail what had been broken had been broken…

At that point, no school was ready to accept a 14 year old boy into Nursery One….

PART 26 PÈMÍSÍRE”
©️Opeyemi O. Akintunde

(ABIGAIL’S ANGLE)

I watched Mrs Ayomide in amazement, she was right about her being the cause of her son’s ineffectuality. However, you couldn’t blame her in totality. She had her own life to live…

“Ma, stop crying, don’t blame yourself. You had your life to live, you had to face your career as well. You had to pay the bills…” I said in a bid to encourage her but Mrs Ayomide cut in…

“Exactly where I missed it… Listen Abigail, there are children whom the Lord may demand certain sacrifices from you as a way of nurturing them for His great Work.

You may have  to lose your career, family for a while so that you can train that Child in the way the Lord wants..”

“I don’t understand…” I said

“God interrupted the plans of Mary and Joseph in the Bible when He gave them Jesus. Do you know how they must have felt? If it had happened in this time, and you were Mary, won’t you have second thoughts about it?

Won’t you at times ask yourself, “Is this Child really from God?”. Then to make matters worse after having the baby, God tells you to relocate to Egypt because of the safety of the child…”

“ Hmmm…”

“ Can you imagine Mary having to leave her career, imagine Joseph who was not even the biological father. He also had to relocate to Egypt, where they knew “no one”.

I am sure Joseph might have had a rough start telling people he was a carpenter that could be trusted… All these just to keep a Strange child safe.”

The room was quiet…

Mrs Ayomide didn’t have to say much any longer. I understood what she wanted of me. She wanted me to take Pemisire as God’s project in my hand.

I  would have to make certain sacrifices by getting a job that would make me stay closer to him…

“ Does it mean that Pemisire won’t go to school?” I asked

“ No… Not unless you want to homeschool him. You can take him to the Special school David attends, but it is really expensive.” Mrs Ayomide replied..

“ How much?” I asked

“ The exact amount you pay for your one year rent is the tuition fee for one term.”

“ What!”

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