I am not a parent. I am not a guardian of anyone. It is not my job to care for any young, growing people.
However, I honestly believe that literacy is the single most important thing in my life.
It’s hard for me, when I know that I don’t have to time to commit to help, I am someone who will soon enough, be forgotten.
I’m sitting at a table, and I’m helping a child read a book, and I can see the habits of guess-and-check: “I don’t know this word, but I can see the pictures, so I’ll guess.” “Maybe that word is this”, and I ask “what sound does that letter make?” and I don’t get answers. I say “sound it out” and I get silence. I hear a sibling say “They only can spell it because they already know it.”
I’m not here for long, so maybe it’s just being nervous around someone new. Maybe it’s just being shy.
I really, really hope so.