My stutter(口吃) had always been much of a problem. I’d had so many specialists for my 16 over the years. As I walked down the hallway to meet a new one, memories popped in my head of how painful(痛苦的)being a kid who stutters had been. It 17 hurt.?
“Hello! I’m Mrs Claussen. I 18 you’re from Texas!”?
“Ye-Ye-Ye-Yes m-m-m-m-m-m-m-aam I am…”My heart felt like it was pounding through my chest and my hands were dripping wet. I really blew that 19 .?
“Well,” she said with a 20 smile. “I’ve always liked Texas.”?
She turned out to be the best speech specialist I’ve ever had, not like those who told me to clap my hands while speaking. She was 21 .She spent the first several weeks just talking to me—asking me all kinds of questions about myself, especially my feelings. And she 22 . She then began to teach me about the speech. Not just about my speech, but about everybody’s.?
I 23 in my old school and was a pretty good tenor(男高音), but I learned that the new school’s singing group was all filled up. It was such bad news, for I thought that was the one thing I could really do well…and I could do it 24 stuttering. Somehow Mrs Claussen finally got me in the 25 . I felt like she really cared about me as a person, not just a speech student.?