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“Do you prefer eating inside or outside?” That’s the question from BlogHer today.

Breaking bread together is also a popular theme for
artwork. This painting is “Picnic”, by János Thorma
János Thorma [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

On a personal level, that depends entirely on what it’s like outside. If it’s beautiful, warm and the bug level is warm, outside is wonderful. If it’s cold, rainy or the mosquitoes are thick, inside it is. I guess I just have a thing about being the Blue Plate Special while I’m trying to eat my own Blue Plate Special.

You have no idea how hard I’m resisting the urge to go into tangents about the food chain and alternate realities right now.

Anyway, that question also brought up the idea of community and things like summer camp. A huge reason why I love groups like the Dyslexic Advantage, Dyslexic Kids and Eye to Eye is because they offer support to those who deal with the challenges of dyslexia on a daily bases. These three groups in particular also celebrate the gifts we share and highlight our accomplishments.

More importantly, they do so on a face to face basis for those in the area. Scott, the young man who came up with Dyslexic Kids, tutors younger kids. Recently, his organization hosted an outing with his local group, in which they all got to kayak and enjoy the outdoors.

Dyslexic Advantage hosts regular web seminars, but they also put on symposiums and conferences. One day, I’d love to attend.

Eye to Eye exists to pair young students with college students who have the same diagnosis. They also run a camp, as well as other events. The kids get to see older peers who share similar troubles, but are finding success in school. They get much needed support, plus someone to look up to.

These organizations, and others like them, fill a badly needed role of community. I personally love the idea of casual get togethers, like the one Scott’s group had organized, because it offers everyone a chance to commune in a less focused environment. Conversation can flow more easily, and people can bond in a friendship based context, rather than tutor/student environment.

This idea is an ancient one, too. The concept of breaking bread as a sign of peace and friendship has probably been around since well before the written word even existed. It’s encouraging to see that idea expanded to supporting people who struggle with the misunderstanding society heaps on them.

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