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I used to ask my father to read me a bedtime story every night. Usually he did, but every now and then he would tell me that today he couldn't, because today he wasn't able to read. At that age (I must have been 2 - 3 years old) I was used to newfound abilities sometimes failing, so I accepted that adults must experience the same thing from time to time.
I used to think that "retired" and "retarded" meant the same thing. I once saw a bumpersticker on an old man's truck that had the word "retired" on it, and I remember feeling so sorry for that man. Jeez.
I used to read to my younger neighber and make up words while doing so. I convinced her that once she learned to read she would understand what I was saying. I couldn't read either at the time, but I thought I was right.
I used to believe that the word "vague", in print, was pronounced "vuh-gyu" or "vay-gyu." I wondered why I never heard it spoken.
I used to think that pages in books were divided into little parts (paragraphs) to make boring writing look interesting, and that the more different-length paragraphs something had, the more boring the book was.
i used to believe that everything in books
was true & i still kind of wonder that
people bother writing books that aren't