We will tell you about our girl Michelle. She is special for us in many ways. When she was six years old she could hardly utter the right words. Maybe because she is also hard of hearing. She got an infection when she was small that remained untreated for a long time. Her eardrum was damaged.
So as the years passed, Michelle was struggling in school. When she was reading the letters seemed to jump but no matter how hard she pushed, it seemed that the words got stuck inside her mouth. During group lessons in Batang Pinangga for practice reading she would stand up but her hands covered her face, or she hid behind the board. Too embarrassed. Too shy. But she just kept on. Then she finished primary school.
Then comes high school. We said it is most difficult, and she will just say that she will stop and it is alright. Every day she looked weary. We contracted a home-based teacher to help the high school students and her particularly. Slowly we can hear her utter complete words and sentences in English. The report card came in and Michelle got high marks. She was smiling widely. It was most exceptional for Michelle.
When her classes were moved to half-day only to start at 5:45 am, this requires her to at least be up an hour early. It is a sacrifice for any human being to be up too early. But Michelle had device a plan how to be on time. We told her to use the alarm clock. It went alright. But one day when I went to their house I was looking for the wall clock, the other kids told it was with Michelle. She said the alarm clock run out of batteries. So she had the wall clock by her side on her bed, with the flashlight and said she looked up for the time. I told her that we will get batteries for your alarm clock, for the meantime, your housemother will wake you up. She hung the clock still inside their room. She kept the flashlight, and when she stirred during the night she would hold the light directly at the clock to know the time. The other kids told that Michelle sometimes woke up as early as 2am. I wondered: Did she get a good sleep at night? Soon she managed to wake up just on time. The wall clock stays on the wall, but Michelle checks on it with her flashlight just in case. We trust that Michelle will just be alright. She is 15 years old and has all the time on her hands.