My Daughter Matty
Margaret Wiggins on 08/22/2007
This is a difficult letter to write, because I am hoping that you do read this letter, I really don\'t care if it posted or not. But there is something that this emotional mother has to tell you.
My 11 year old daughter has dyslexia and hates to read because she is not very good at it...and so she is made fun of at school by the other kids...but she really tries hard. She goes to school everyday knowing that the teasing will pick up right where it left off.
Anyway, her father and I are children of our times.. and of course we listen to 70\'s and early 80\'s rock. Our daughter has always known your songs but never knew what you looked like. We have the DVD of \"Detroit Rock City\" and I let her see the last of the movie which is the concert snip. She absolutely flipped...she couldn\'t enough...she watched it over and over.
I explained to her that these men were not only musicians..but business men that needed to know how to read and write well. They had to understand business, contracts, merchandising, protecting themselves from being taken advantaged of etc. That they have families and homes and bills and responsibilities...just like mom & dad. Stage life was fantasy but they have a real life that is more important. And that they would never have gotten to where they are now being smart and trying hard.
After school ended in May, I told her that she needed to find a summer reading book. Usually, she won\'t do it and I end up picking up books she hates..thus they collect dust on the shelf. This time she walk pass the kids books and up to a Barnes & Nobel employee and asked on a confident tone \"Do you have any books about KISS\". Well to make a long story short...she is reading the Official Autobiography of Kiss.
You can\'t imagine...as tears come to my eyes..what it is like. She reads each chapter and then tells me everything about what she has just read. She understands all that is written and talks about your neighborhoods, school time, friends, first instrument..what you were thinking when the song was written...everything. She reads your book an hour a day and loves every word & story.
She can\'t wait for school...her reading has improved 100%...she feels empowered. Now she watches the \"Family Jewels\" and sees what we were talking about concerning the family side of your life.
You & her may never meet, but I wanted you know that in a strange turn of events from your music, to seeing you, to reading the book, to the show...she found what she needed to be a better reader and a more confident kid.
So, Mr. Simmons, as you walk arm in arm with beautiful women and plan your next big business deal...I hope that you will remember that a 11 year old girl reads because of her interest in you. You changed her life.
A Grateful Mother...Margaret Wiggins
Message from KISS: WAY TO GO MATTY!! KEEP IT UP.