I’m Jake Greer, a 7th grader. I’m a rap-rhymer. I have learning disabilities in reading, spelling, and even writing, but somehow a form of poetry, that I call Rap-Rhyming became my thing. Go figure. My mom coined it rap-rhyming, so it stuck. When I rap-rhyme I think about my mom. She died from cancer about two years ago. It’s been hard on me, hard on my brother and sister. They are twins. I used to call them twits or the dream team. Why, you ask, because 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. But, the relationship has shifted. My judgments about them have taken a new road. I still call them twits, but now we laugh about it. They are smart. 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. Boy, would I love to meet that guy. He was born without a right hand. He used to pitch in the major leagues for the California Angels. My mom told me all about him. She never wanted me to be victimized by my disabilities and wanted me to see that with determination, I could succeed in life, no matter what my circumstances were. She was my best fan. It’s pretty tough for me. My dad and I have gone through hard times and we didn’t always see eye to eye. It was really pretty bad and my behaviors got me into big trouble. You will have to read the book. I do have two great friends who keep me sane, Coco Delgado and Patrick McCormick. Our families have known each other since pre-school. 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 is planning to be a Supreme Court Judge one day. She’s the Hermione of our group. You know the one from Harry Potter. She’s brilliant.
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 how I do it and what it’s like to live with dyslexia, ADHD, twitty siblings. I’d love to hear from you as well.
Jake Greer, Phenom Pitcher Rap-Rhymer Dyslexic