Saturday, March 03, 2007

To My Fellow Bloggers

Fellow bloggers,

In case you have wondered lately if I have been reading your blog, let me assure you that I probably have. Only occasionally do I lurk and not comment, due to certain time constraints. Be assured that when I read your posts I am completely engaged, usually laughing my head off with you or saying "Awwww!" at pictures of your adorable kids. I pray along with you when you post prayers and cry along with you when you post of the difficulties in your life. If you see no evidence that I've been on your blog, I must make a confession to you as to why that may be the case.

First let me preface this by saying that I am as surprised by this as anyone. I did not see this coming. I typed this post, as I type numerous posts, emails, school plans and documents each week. I have all ten fingers, a moderate to high level of command of the keyboard, and have my vision corrected to 20-20 with the aid of glasses. My cognitive and motor abilities are such that I am capable of running a home, homeschooling two kids, reading and comprehending multiple books concurrently, and endeavoring to learn a second language. I can type with a high degree of accuracy while talking on the phone, listening to my iPod, conversing with my children, cooking dinner, or yelling at the dog.

I seem, however, to have severe limitations when I see one of these:

or one of these:

with the accompanying message, "Please type the letters as they appear in the box." It is in these moments that my particular disorder seems to manifest itself. I, apparently, cannot type the letters as they appear, at least 87% of the time. I have researched this particular disorder and have not found any conclusive evidence as to what causes it or any known treatments. It is so new in its onset and diagnosis (me, perhaps being the only one) that as of yet it has not been named. So, I have named it myself. Word Encoding Identification Reversal Disorder, or W.E.I.R.D. Yes, I am afraid I have a full-blown case of W.E.I.R.D. Sometimes I will try repeatedly to post a well-thought-out, witty, insightful, or supportive comment on a blog and remain unable to post it because of my W.E.I.R.D. problem. I am uncertain as to its origin in my particular case, but I can testify that it is getting worse with age.

So, if you haven't "seen" me around your blog lately, it doesn't mean that I have not been there. Perhaps I have desperately tried to make my presence known! Believe me, I have tried all the home remedies I can think of, from drinking coffee to taking naps... to no avail. If you do see me comment, then you can know that in that moment, I was triumphant! And if any of you have been "silent sufferers" of this same problem, please know that you are not alone. :)

Love y'all!

Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

You are so funny! I have the same disorder! I actually turned mine off during the blog party, so we will see how much spam I get! Have a great weekend!

Lisa said...

That cracked me up!!! :) Have a great weekend!!

Linda said...

This is one of those times I'm laughing and nodding in agreement. I think you can enroll me in the Weird support group. I have special difficulty with the skinny wavy ones. I try to persevere - but it often takes numerous attempts.
So fear not Cyndi - you are not alone in this dibilitating disorder. There are many fellow-sufferers.
I shall now attempt to "unweird" and submit my comment.

Chris said...

I am laughing out loud!
I have been known to have the disorder as well.

Anonymous said...

Very funny! I can't count the number of times I am stumped as to why I am not reading the verification correctly...and like you I just 'sigh' and give up. Please enroll me as one of those that are W.I.E.R.D.

P.S. Now that I am on Wordpress I can't for today I am Sissy.

JennaG said...

Very funny--I have a problem with that too! I am a lurker to your blog--have been reading for awhile and enjoy it! Have a nice weekend!

LeftCoastOnlooker said...

I honestly thought it was only me - it's so true that it's funny!

Anonymous said...

I hear ya! The one on the bottom really messes me up. :0) The others do sometimes too. :0)

Susanne said...

Finally someone has put a name to this disorder. Now how do we "fix" it.

You are so funny!