I was reminded this morning of a mental process I used when I was learning to read as a child.
When I was learning to read, I mentally spelled out every word I thought. All day long, every day. This “spelling out of every word” appeared visually on a ticker-tape along the front of my forehead. When I would occasionally think a word that I hadn’t yet learned to spell, I would stop mid-sentence to consider how to spell the word.
A habit of a literally-minded child? An over-active mind? An early indication that I would become a writer? Hmmm….