I’m Jake Greer, a 7th grader. I’m a fictional character who happened to spill out on paper by my writer, Rhory. Hey, Writer Rhory, that might be the makings of a good rap-rhyme. I’m a rap-rhymer. I have learning disabilities in reading, spelling, and even writing, but somehow, poetry became my thing. Go figure. My mom used to call it rap-rhyming, so it stuck. I’m good in math and recess and I’m popular around school since I am a phenom with a baseball. I’m a left-handed pitcher, a rare bird. My hero is Jim Abbott. He used to pitch in the major leagues for the California Angels. My mom told me about him. He was born without a right hand. She wanted me to see that with determination, I could also succeed in life, despite my disabilities. My mom died two years ago. She was my best fan. It’s was pretty tough for me. My dad and I have gone through hard times and we didn’t always see eye to eye. After you read the Prison of Doom, the book I am starring in, you will see that miracles do happen. I have two siblings who are twins. They are going into 9th grade next year. I used to call them the Twits.Why, you ask? They are on the honor role…every year. They play a gazillion instruments, and they are just, quite frankly, sickeningly perfect, especially Rebecca, the soccer queen. It’s enough to make you gag. And that to is another story. Well, our relationship has shifted. We are now we are friends. But enough about the twits. You will have to read the book. You will get to see that even though I don’t get along with the twins, I do have two great friends who keep me sane, Coco Delgado and Patrick McCormick. We call ourselves, The Mixed Up Musketeers. You know, the Dumas book, “One for all and all for one.” Coco told me all about it. I don’t read books that long.
Coco edited this blog for me. If she didn’t, it might take you days to get through my bad spelling. My learning disabilities will never go away, but I have learned that I can compensate for them. There are plenty of ways to overcome a disability. Well, stay tuned and I’ll be checking in again and letting you know what it’s like to live with dyslexia and ADHD. I’d love to hear your stories as well.