Janey's end of the year awards ceremony was Friday. For one of the first times since I've been a mother of a child at school, I was a Very Bad Mother and skipped it. I had what I felt like were reasons. I spent the morning at Janey's school, not with Janey but with William! He was asked to give a speech at the 5th grade graduation, as a graduate of the same elementary school Janey goes to (Henderson Inclusion) who is now going to college. Here's a picture captured from the video of him.
But when I saw the award Janey brought home, I wished I had gone to the ceremony. It was an award for Declamation! And it was perfect. It was an award that was REAL---for something Janey really does very well! They memorized a poem this year, Knoxville (here is it if you are interested), and Janey had it down cold, and could say the whole thing, completely, and with expression. If there is is one skill Janey truly has, it's declamation! I knew how much thought had gone into that award, which reflected the thought that Janey's teacher, therapists, aides, support staff---everyone!, gives Janey every day. There was something about that award, though, that really got me. I started crying when I saw it, because it was an award for something Janey did well even when putting her up against "regular" kids. It made me think how Janey really, truly does have strengths, and that her school and her teachers allow them to shine.
I am so proud of all three of my kids. They all have their own areas to shine. All three of them have been helped and loved in their own way by the Henderson School, and I want to thank the school and everyone who is part of it.