Prideful

Gerald is that guy everyone likes. He's easy to talk to, listens and has a good sense of humor. He was friends with everyone in high school. It didn't hurt that he could run fast, really fast. He was a track star. You'd have thought he had it all together. Of course, that's exactly what he wanted you to think. What he didn't let you know is that he could only read little words he had memorized. He also didn't let you know he was in special education. He'd get to class really early or really late. That way, no one would see him go in. He thought nobody knew. But then he received a reading award at a school assembly. He didn't understand why he was getting an award. Apparently, his classmates were surprised as well. A few whispered. Soon, it seemed, everyone was laughing. His pride was hurt deeply. For years after graduating high school barely able to read, Gerald's pride kept him from seeking help. He got by but was always struggling to avoid having to read. Finally, he knew he had to do something. It wasn't easy to make himself vulnerable. He's reading much better now, and he wants others to know they can get help. They, too, can learn if they don't let pride get in their way.