What is it about the Autumn Light that's so different?
Something more golden,
A touch more enigma,
Something holy and gracious.
It's like a magnification of the light that shines from happy eyes.
I'm really excited about something, and I want to tell you about it. I don't talk very much about my job on this blog because I am a private reading intervention tutor. Parents hire me to work one-on-one with their children if they are struggling in reading and language. It can be an "elite" business if you are in a city where people know the terms dyslexia and Orton-Gillingham, and people in Charlotte know those terms.
I am one of what seems to be the few individuals who absolutely loves what they do. I actually get what I like to call a working high, similar to a runner's high, but it comes from doing your job. It's amazing to see an understanding of language and the written word, not to mention a love for literature and stories, develop in a little person who has been struggling so hard academically, simply because his/her brain learns differently from other brains.
So, that's what I do, in a nutshell. Now, why am I so excited?
I have been bothered by the fact that this is an "elite" business. Only children whose parents can afford it get the instruction they really need. By chance, which I believe is the Holy Spirit in secular terms, I discovered a North Carolina Non-Profit called The Augustine Project. They actually train their volunteers to do what I do, and they send them into the public schools to work one-on-one with children from low-income families. So, since my mornings are usually free, I've volunteered to start working with them. I will get to do some pre- and post-assessment testing and maybe even help with some teacher workshops and work with a student or two. Basically, I will get to share my training and the skills I've learned over the years with a non-profit that changes the lives of low-income children with learning disorders.
I am so thankful there are organizations like this in existence.