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I didn't start reading until 1st grade. They started us on books like
Fun With Dick and Jane, which was not in any way based on the
movie because the book came earlier.

They also passed out these worksheets with these little squares on them,
and in the squares were iconic representations of various things — I
particularly remember a kite. A kite, over and over again. And we had to
color them and if I remember correctly write words on the line below the
image. Like "kite", for example. It turned into a nightmare for me, that
kite. Although I do know how to spell it now.

Kite.

See, I have that one down pat.

A strange and mysterious process.