Jan 27 is Family Literacy Day in Canada, an awareness campaign 14 years ago by ABC Life Literacy Canada to raise awareness of the importance of reading as a family. That’s why my latest Metro column was focused on how my mother overcome her own low-literacy challenges. Hope you enjoy.
Two years ago I learned my mom was low-literate.
I’d always suspected it. She used to feign bad eyes when there was an important pamphlet in front of her, and hand it to me, her book-hungry son, to read. And whenever there was a wedding card for her to write I became her personal Dictaphone — on account of my “very nice writing,” of course.
It was only when she got an iPhone that I learned the limits to her English. Not even autocorrect could take the fall for her illegible texts. Often, just calling her was less of a hassle than decoding her patois. [read more]