This puzzled them and my teachers because I was a pretty bright kid - made friends easy, learned things quickly and adapted easily. So what was going on?
Turns out that back then (I was born in 1979) they didn't do hearing tests on a regular basis or assume to check the ears like they would now if a child has development issues.
Turns out I was born with a hearing problem that took a while for my parents to realize because it wasn't obvious until I started speaking.
A simple procedure - tubes in my ears (wasn't so bad - I got a Popsicle after all - and a summer of wearing ear plugs every time I went swimming in the tub, and I was good as new - could say pillow with the best of them!
Now - at 34 years old - I often have people tell me that I'm a loud talker. I catch myself all the time. Even my mom and my husband ask me on a regular basis why I'm shouting. Um - hello - you of all people should make the connection.
Moral of the story is: don't judge. You have no clue why someone is the way they are or what their whole story is. No, talking loud isn't a huge deal or something that impairs my life in any way but there is a reason for it. If you know the story, just let it be.
Yes - I'm a loud talker and baby I was born this way! :)