As I laid out school outfits, sure that just the right ensemble would make all the difference, Aaron's teacher called me up and said, "Why don’t you and Aaron come down to the classroom today for a bit before all the hoolpla ."(pretty sure she didn’t use the word hoopla but that what my memory translated I into)
it’s making people love him.
It is one of his many gifts to us.
McKye first day, he could hardly contain his delight as he strode with his hand me down converse shoes and his backpack. He had been begging to go back to his preschool room every since we’d gone for the orientation, when he fell in love with the grocery store play house.
He just goes to school.
And then he comes home.
And he told me.
Because, I realized, for three years I’ve “asked” Aaron, "How was your day?" almost as a little ironic joke, as I pull out his communication book to see what his aids could tell me about his day. But I knew it wasn’t what Aaron would tell me. And so I was cut off from knowing anything beyond what I was physically present to observe …which made school hard.
It was a good day.
But some of the best days, come at a price. They cost? bad days that give you the contrast necessary to truly appreciate the great days.
To notice Aaron on their own accord.
My son,---, is in Aaron's grade 1 class. --- was telling me all about Aaron this evening when I got home from work and he is so excited to learn hand signals to communicate with him. I have just finished reading your letter and I just couldn't help myself from emailing you. I think this is such a wonderfully proactive way to introduce Aaron to the kids and their families, and I really admire your approach. I fully expect this will set a great tone for Aaron's transition to Probe.
All the best for a great school year!
Thinking back to that first assembly, I thought, wow, we came a long was in one short year.
Aaron has coem a long way.