Taken Over By Me

Note: As Halloween has now gone by, it can be revealed that this blog post was a piece of fiction. Or was it?
Taken Over By Me

Hey everyone! Jake isn't here!

Do you remember when that sap said there was something out to get him? Oh of course you do. That was me and now he’s gone. Did you like him? Shame.

It was so easy, so very easy.

Anyway, things are going to be different around here. You’ll soon find out. Trust me you don’t want to miss it.

For now, have a scary Halloween.

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Stay Safe

Note: As Halloween has now gone by, it can be revealed that this blog post was a piece of fiction. Or was it?
Stay Safe

Hey everyone! Jake here!

As you know each week I would usually post a new blog entry. However today is slightly different. I do not know how to put this but something odd happened last night.

You see it was just after midnight when I decided to go to bed. As I began drifting off I am sure I heard something. There was a sort of hissing noise. Then there was a groan. Then there were footsteps. Whatever was in my bedroom seemed to be making its way towards me. It stopped. Somehow I felt its presence over me, just waiting to see my reaction.

I woke up. No one was there. I checked on my mum and sister to make sure they were not playing a practical joke. To be fair that is more the sort of thing my cousin would do. In this case they were both asleep. Hmm how strange.

Well I hope to be back next week with another blog post. Hopefully this will not happen again. In the meantime stay safe.

Could dark Halloween forces be at work here?

Melody Delilah (Scene 1)

Melody Delilah (Scene 1)

Script Key
Name: The character who is talking
[italics]: The stage directions
---: The interruptions in speech

Cast List for Scene 1
The following is the cast list for my script:
Melody Delilah
Mother
Male Zookeeper
Brongo 
Scene One ‘The First Visit’

The action takes place in Bedfordshire Zoo. The place is home to many animal attractions including lions, birds and beavers.  
Fourteen year old Melody Delilah is an only-child, curious, brave and compassionate. She is dressed in a summer frock. With Melody is her Mother who is in her early forties. She is a businesswoman. She is carrying around a mobile-phone in her hand because she is expecting a call from her office. She is a dedicated worker and a loving parent.
Melody looks into various animal cages whilst her Mother walks behind her.

Melody (concerned): Look at that lizard. His leg seems to be damaged.

Mother (to herself): A trip to the zoo. What could possibly go wrong?

Melody and Mother go to the ‘Ape and Monkey Habitat’ section of the park and look at the gorillas. The gorillas are kept behind bars in an open field. The gate into the enclosure does look climbable.

Melody (whilst pointing to the gorillas in the cage): Don’t you think it’s cruel that those gorillas are kept in a cage all day and all night?

Mother (earnestly): Yes love but that’s the way the world works I suppose. (pauses) The zoo is a business. Just like mine they provide a service and that service is to showcase animals to the public. They seem to be well fed.

Melody: Yes I know that, but I bet they still get neglected. Such poor creatures. Look at this one.

Melody points to the hairiest Gorilla in the cage with ruby waxed eyes.

Melody: It looks rather upset.  

Mother: Oh darling you have such a vivid imagination, don’t you? I’m sure it’s happy.

Melody (whilst looking at Mother): I’m not convinced.

Mother: Should we settle this?

Mother calls over to the other side of the habitat.

Mother: Excuse me Zoo Keeper. Hello excuse---

Melody (interrupts): ---Mum.

The Male Zookeeper standing by the gibbon cage notices Mother calling him. He comes over to Melody and Mother.

Male Zookeeper: Hello there citizens. What can I do for you? I hope you are enjoying the zoo especially the Ape and Monkey Habitat, my personal favourite area.

Mother: We are thank you. My daughter and I were disputing over whether---

Melody (interrupts): We wanted to know whether the gorillas are happy living here. Like this one.

Melody points to the same gorilla as before.

Melody: It looks depressed. That’s not really fair is it?

Male Zookeeper (confidently): I can assure you that all of our animals are content. They are fed, watered and given shelter---

Melody (interrupts): ---I do hope so.

Mother: Thank you zookeeper. That’s very kind of you to answer our question.

Male Zookeeper (rather patronising): That’s kind of my job. (Laughs to himself)

Mother: See darling the---

Mother’s phone vibrates, playing a ding-dong ringtone.

Mother: Sweetheart, it’s work.

Mother points to a place next to the toilets.

Mother: I’ll just be over here for a second. I won’t be too long, hopefully.

Melody: Righto, I’ll just entertain myself then.

Melody stares at the gorillas in the cage. She wonders what it would be like if she was kept in a zoo. After this thought, Melody notices a gorilla, the same one she pointed at earlier, coming towards the cage bars and directly looking at her.

Gorilla: It’s rude to stare you know.

At the sound of the gorilla talking, Melody jumps. She then looks behind to see if Mother heard anything. Mother is too busy talking on the phone to her boss. She then looks at the Male Zookeeper who is reading a book upon a bench.

Melody (daringly): Blimey this is gonna sound crazy but did you (points at the gorilla) just speak?

Gorilla: It’s not silly if it’s true. You are hearing me Melody.

Melody (amazement): Gosh blimey. Umm wait a minute. Did you just say my name? This is weird. No, this is crazy. It’s not like umm that you get to speak to umm a gorilla every day. I’m not Doctor Dolittle or anything.

Gorilla: (laughing) You’re funny.

Melody looks around again at Mother and Male Zookeeper who have not noticed still. 

Melody (shocked): Okay, okay. Why are you talking to me if you’re talking to me?

Gorilla (reassuringly): Well Melody you seemed to be the only one here who has properly taken notice of us gorillas. I mean you are concerned about our health, which is very kind. I can reassure you now that we are fed, watered and sheltered. We even have games.

Gorilla points at the tire at the other side of the enclosure.

Gorilla: See that tire over there? We can swing on it. This isn’t the wild but it will do.

Melody: But you have to admit you do look sad.

Gorilla: Well you have to admit you do look silly. Sorry that was rude of me. Oh I’m Brongo by the way.

Melody (confused): Umm Brongo, I’m Melody. Oh wait you somehow knew that already.

Brongo: It’s a lovely name, Melody Delilah. Anyway if you ever come back and I hope you do I would love to talk some---

Mother (interrupting): ---Right all done. Ready to go home Melody?

Melody looks in astonishment from Brongo to her Mother then back again. Melody is speechless.

Mother: Well Melody?
                              
Melody (regaining her voice): Yes sorry. I’m ready to go. (pauses) I think.

Melody and Mother slowly walk out of the Ape and Monkey Habitat with Mother thanking Male Zookeeper on their way. They walk by the sea lions, the birds, the tigers, all the way to the car park.

Mother (concerned): Melody, are you okay? You look like you have seen Father Christmas.

Melody (hesitantly): I think that Gorilla (pauses you know the one I pointed to---

Mother (interrupting): ---Yes.

Melody: It talked to me. Yes it did. He said his name was Brongo and that you were right that he is fed, watered and sheltered and even has---

Mother looks at Melody in disbelief.

Mother (forcefully): Don’t be ridiculous. Gorillas can’t talk Melody. You know that right?

Melody: Yes I know that. But whilst you were on the phone to your office this one did. Oh how is work going anyway?

Mother: Never mind that. Right let’s get you home and run a hot bath.

Melody is shocked at what Mother has just told her.

Melody: I’m not ill. I just had a once in a lifetime experience.

Mother: You’re telling me. Oh here’s our car.

Mother struggles with the car keys. The key gets jammed in the locked. After a few tries, she manages to open the door

Mother: Stupid keys. Right get in unless you have a date with Jingo or whatever he’s called.

Melody: Brongo. No I haven’t.

During their car-ride home Melody sits quietly dwelling over her experience with Brongo. Mother, whilst driving, keeps looking at Melody in astonishment through the car mirror.

I'm not Doctor Dolittle or anything,..Copyright © 2010- DrexRockman. All rights reserved.

Dyspraxic, But Also Fantastic

Dyspraxic, But Also Fantastic

Dyspraxia is a form of Developmental Coordination Disorder which affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It can also have an impact on speech. There is no cure at present. It can have a serious impact on the individual’s life and can cause great hardship for all those involved.

On my last article titled ‘Diving into Dyspraxia’ I ended with the statement that those with the condition are ‘not only Dyspraxic but they can also be fantastic’. With the right support and love those with the serious condition can reach their full potential, thrive in society and leave behind amazing legacies.

I have lived with Dyspraxia since childhood and have found this statement to be extremely positive in the sense it gives the motivation to overcome any obstacle that may come my way.

As ‘Dyspraxia Awareness Week’ takes place between Sunday 12th October and Saturday 18th October 2014, I thought it was only right to talk about the incredible things people with Dyspraxia have done and the abundance of talent they have shown.

The Dyspraxia Mind-Map
On the ‘Dyspraxia Foundation’ Facebook page I came across this encouraging mind-map which demonstrates the positive attributes whose with Dyspraxia often display.

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It would seem that those impacted can be empathetic; can be forgiving; and can be sensitive. In this article I will be focusing on how inspiring and courageous these individuals can be, as despite the pain they may be going through they are still simply incredible.

Inspiring
There is no doubt that those with Dyspraxia are inspirational individuals. They may have difficulties, for example when it comes to coordination and speech, but they are so determined that they aim to achieve great heights.

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This beautiful poem titled ‘I am the Boy’ is written by Mikey, a thirteen year old boy with Verbal Dyspraxia. He has written an incredibly powerful piece expressing his thoughts on a condition that impacts him daily. His wonderful mother said that this is something he would find very challenging to do verbally. His family are so proud of him and they should be. Coming from someone who lives with Dyspraxia, I thoroughly applaud you Mikey. You are a true inspiration.  

Mikey is just one example of how motivating people with Dyspraxia can be. It is the love and support from family, close friends and supporters which gives them the determination to move millions.

Courageous
It is hard to admit but like many others I was bullied at school. This was mainly due to the ‘differences’ which Dyspraxia often presents. I was often laughed at when I played sport or when my handwriting looked like barbed wire.

Despite these times I will never forget what one of my friends told me.
They said “Jake, you are the most courageous person I’ve ever known.”
I thanked them, not truly knowing what they meant by this.

Over the last few years, as I have understood my conditions more, I realise that perhaps what they were trying to say is that in spite of the suffering I faced I was not going to let those few negative people destroy my life. Instead I tried very hard to focus on those who made a positive difference. Of course this took time, but I still built up the courage to walk away from all those bad influences.

Stories like this are surprisingly common with those living with Dyspraxia. It takes real courage to live with any learning condition, especially if it is one where you are prone to be attacked by horrible people. Ignoring them and their mean comments does take a lot of bravery.

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No matter who you may be, just remember this. Every single individual who is fighting against a condition like Dyspraxia is a real person. Just like many others, life throws them difficult challenges which they have to face. Overcoming these obstacles takes real guts, persistence and dedication. They are also fantastic individuals who have demonstrated and will continue to demonstrate how courageous and inspirational they can be to all those who are willing to listen.

Thanks everyone for the brilliant support and have a great weekend.

The Moon

The Moon

Have you seen the moon? I mean, really seen it? It is not just a lump in the sky which should be passed by. It is not just another natural phenomenon found in our world. It is much more than that. It is magical. It changes people. It makes you believe that it is watching over you. It sees your every move; it feels your every action; and reads your every thought. Mainly though it is there to make you cling onto hope. It is the light in the darkened sky. Whilst everything else is in the shade, it continues to shine bright. It makes you want to fight, no matter how beaten you may feel.

As a kid I wanted to visit the moon. You could say that it is too late for me now. But that does not really matter. I can still see and enjoy it from where I am, right beside you.

It is the light in the darkened sky...Copyright © 2012- jingoba. All rights reserved.