Baby Bunting's Summertime

This post was inspired by a recent BBC 4 documentary about George Gershwin’s Summertime, which is apparently the most covered song of all time. Whilst watching the program I also thought of the Bye Baby Bunting nursery rhyme. Below I will re-word and mash up these two songs to relate why I believe Dr Jim White’s Stress Control course can be extremely useful to individuals with dyslexia. Also Matthew Johnstone’s concept of the Black Dog of depression may make an appearance too. Summertime And the livin’ is stressful Dyslexia is jumpin’ And the stress is high Your anxiety’s rich And your depression’s backward looking So hush the ‘If onlys’ and ‘What ifs’ of dyslexia   Bye confident and calm person Thought’s gone a’haunting Wellbeing’s gone a’melting Panicky feelings’ gone a’swinging Action’s gone to bring trouble To wrap the brave and cool person within.   Don’t you stress and cry One of these days You’re going to gain control and rise up singing Then you’ll shed those blinkers and see things clearly. But for now meditate, to control your body Dyslexia can’t harm you With stress control and wellbeing standing by   Bye person I want to be Grasshopper thought’s gone a jumping To find those blinkers To wrap my confidence in   Summertime And the thinkin’ is stressful Grasshoppers are jump’ And the blinkers are high Your stress voice is loud And your common sense voice is drowned out So brush back those blinkers Don’t carry on One of these 5 challenges You’re going to combat and rise above the stressing Then you’ll progressively relax But till then retrain your breathing With stress control and wellbeing standing by.   Bye happy baby Daddy’s gone a hunting That black dog skin That should never wrap his baby within. Doreen Kelly Dyslexia Scotland volunteer and member doreenspic