HomedyslexiaIs it lead or lead?

One of the problems a lot of dyslexics have when it comes to reading is getting word meanings

Sure, manufacturers no longer use lead in pencils, but
I still associate one with the other. I also have rather
childish handwriting.

confused or using the wrong spelling of words like your and you’re. Although I’m pretty decent at it now, though a little slower than someone without dyslexia, I still have issues when I need to read something quickly.

Quite a while ago, my husband and I were surfing through the limited channels network TV has to offer us. He happened to click to our local PBS channel and stay there to watch the ad they had for an upcoming show.

It was called “A Passion to Lead”. Throughout the commercial, they showed various versions of the military and their generals. The narrator droned on about these people and their histories.

Throughout the commercial, I frowned at the television and wondered what any of this had to do with pencils or the heavy metal lead. It made no sense to me.

Did they suffer from lead poisoning as children? Did they get their skills because they avoided it? Did they just enjoy writing or had a talent for it?

What connection did these people have to lead, and why would anyone make a show about it?

Finally, I said out loud, “What do they mean, a Passion to Lead? I thought lead was a noun.”

My husband eyed me incredulously. “What are you talking about?”

“Well,” I started, feeling my face heat up, “It’s called a Passion to…” Then it clicked. “Oh. Lead. As in lead an army. Not lead, as in the lead in a pencil.”

I suppose the saying “The pen is mightier than the sword” would still work if you replace the word “pen” with “pencil”, wouldn’t it?

Of course, now I no longer imagine a general signalling his troops forward with his sword. Now I envision him using a massive number 2 pencil instead.

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