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Making Lemonade

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I’m Having A Moment…

cam02457Of utter and complete happiness.  My daughter, my amazing daughter just found out she was cast as a mouse in the Nutcracker in the Hanover Theater.  This is a big deal!

For weeks it was all that she could talk about.  How she wanted to get a call back.  I cautioned her that the competition would be fierce and told her that I was so proud of her for even trying out.  I told her this was the first time she had ever done anything like this and tried to present realistic expectations.

Then tonight happened and we jumped on her bed and danced around her room.  This little girl whose confidence used to worry me blows me away.  I think back to 3 years ago, when her world fell apart and she was still so little learning the worst lesson about how unfair life is.

I remember the year and a half of therapy.  I remember all of the tough questions and accusations.  I remember the struggle with her and her peers.  I remember how tough it has all been for her and how much it tore her down.  Thinking of it all overwhelms me.

But today I look at that and I am floored by how confident this little girl has become.  She didn’t get there alone.  She is so very lucky to have some of the best, kindest and caring people in her life.  Some of whom were strangers before Benny died and have become lifelong friends.  Her aunties, her uncles, her cousins, her ‘San’s’ and her friends.  She is where she is today because of them.  Because these people have loved and supported her to no end.

It’s incredible to look at how far she’s come.  I don’t often stop to think about it, because it’s so hard.  Thank you to everyone that has helped to shape this confident little lady.  I’m one proud mama tonight!

Communication

We are deep into the second week of school.  Darcy has very hesitantly entered the third grade.  I’m not sure how she grew up on me so quickly.

School scares me. She’s had good teachers and she’s had great teachers.  She’s not just another kid in that classroom, but someone that needs extra attention.  We’ve struggled with our love for school when her teachers just don’t get it and her emotional needs are not being met.

I understand that classroom sizes can be huge and with IEP’s and grading papers, there is a lot of work for teachers to deal with.  What I don’t like is an unresponsive teacher and a child who doesn’t want to go to school.  A child that I know is hungry to learn and create and become a part of her classroom community.

Darcy’s a great student, a huge classroom helper and takes direction well (from her teachers), so all that I ever hear is what a joy she is to have in class.  She’s one of the easy ones and sometimes that causes her emotional needs to be overlooked.

So I am sitting here right now with the HUGEST feeling of relief because we are 8 days into the school year and I have heard from her teacher twice already.  Nothing bad, just trying to test the waters and see where Darcy is at with things.  There’s nothing better than knowing that she is willing to reach out at the slightest bit of trouble.  This woman has no idea how much better I already feel about third grade.

And guess what?  This must translate into her teaching style because Darcy is LOVING school!  She comes home happy, excited to share stories and of course some drama from her day.  She’s feeling confident again and it’s so nice to see her excited for school.

And all it took was a little communication.