So I've been researching learning styles. I learned about different styles of thinking. We have narrative thinking, where we talk ourselves through the day in our heads. This is the more traditional style. Then I read about visual thinking, where people 'see' images, often images of inventions or new ideas, completed. These people build or invent or create based on visual imagery instead of narrative-imagining. They may have more challenges with traditional learning, but they are also incredibly creative and innovative. Wow, wouldn't that be something? I thought. I tend to narrate through my day :). I wonder what that is like, to 'see' things . . .
Then I woke up last weekend and sewed Anika this skirt. In one day. No pattern. No instructions. No internet-search for ideas.
I 'saw' it. I knew how to make it, not because of narrated instructions, but because I saw it step by step in my head.
I can think in pictures! Hurrah!
And, yes, I did have challenges at school with times-tables, spelling, etc. I was a fluent reader when I was four years old, but any rote-memorizing was a huge obstacle. I'm still terrible with names and street names and spelling (thank goodness for spell-check). Perhaps I am more interesting than I thought :)