balance of gifts

Recently I was sent a very frustrating post. You may have seen it, the paragraph where nearly every word is spelled wrong, and yet, the meaning is completely intact. ( the exact point of the exercise )
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“fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvea a sgtron mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. I cdnuolt blvelee taht I clood aulacity uesdnatrrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmenela pwoer of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrung to a rcshaerch at Cmabrigde Uinervitsy it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproament tihng is taht the frsit and lsat litteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and yuo can siltl raed it. Whotuit a pboerlm. ihs is bcusease the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlhoe, Azanimng huh? Yaeh and I awlys tghuhot slpeling wsa ipmorantt!”
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Yes, I did and I am not amused. All these years I took consolation in the fact that spelling came easily to me. Spelling, grammar, writing, reading…this was my little token prize package to make up for a lack of speaking ability…and complete lack of a singing voice. Sometimes I’ll click on spell check just to pridefully remind myself I have some useful skills. The spell check complete ”ting” is music to my ears.
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Cambridge University..or should I say Cmabrigde Uinervitsy blew that remnant of confidence out the window! thanks a lot.
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I wish they would have done away with the absurd absoluteness of mathematics or maybe abolished the whole percentage, fraction myth, perhaps loosened the grip tax law has on the small business….but no, they would have to mess with the one true academic gift I had been graced with, spelling. Disheartening.
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But, even if they do take that away, I can still find solace in the fact that my imagination helps fill any gaps in actual fact retention. I can continue to simply make it up as I go along. :)
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