Friday, August 19, 2011
Remembering the Good
This morning, I began my first official day of school. It's convocation, where the entire district meets for one giant pep rally, and to see friends from other school buildings. My friends wanted to hear about Sarah and her celebrations, when someone said,"Your blog is always so happy. You're going to the park, playing with kids, having a good time. Whenever I need a pick-me-up, I read your blog." Yes, I do celebrate the good things. I focus on the positive and write about what I want to remember. Our family has its moments. The house can be trashed, appointments and errands run here and there, Sarah throws tantrums, and the kids are fighting.
But when I think about the day, I remember the good. I am blessed.
Sarah's new friends rallied around her the next day we arrived at school. As she was searching for her first activity of choice, one spunky blondie said, "She doesn't have her words yet," and without a moment's hesitation Miss Emily said, "Her words aren't here yet, but they're on their way soon."
Think about that. It's a way for 3 or 4 year olds to understand individual differences.
"They're not here yet, but they're on their way soon."
Then, that afternoon, Sarah walked into her home, waving her arms and said, "Hi." Unscripted, unprompted, spontaneous because those are the words one says when you greet someone. She's learning. Everyday, she's learning something new. Her words are on their way soon.
We had her home visit from the school psychologist and the play-based assessment, but our IEP meeting won't be until the end of the month. All the therapists, intervention specialists, and supervisors were amazed at what Sarah can do in the 2 1/2 months she's been in the U.S. When I shared she was the only child with Down syndrome in her groupa, one therapist said,"You make a good argument for full inclusion." My Sarah, already changing perceptions.
The early awakening is making for an easy bedtime transition. At the beginning of her new life in our home, Sarah needed us to lay down beside her bed until she fell asleep, otherwise she would not stay in her bed. (We tried everything!) Soon, it was only 10-15 minutes, and now she's asleep within 5 minutes of us standing outside her door. My little girl has found her home, her place to feel safe, her family.