Monday, July 4, 2011

Pursuit of Happiness

Happy Birthday America! Independence is on my brain. As well as the need to write a few thank-yous to friends who brought hostess gifts or going away presents to our farewell party yesterday. I've written most of those, quickly, as emails or on Facebook walls (how my mother would cringe) ... but there are a few I've yet to write and thats how these two thoughts, independence/dependence and gratitude, come together.

Today, I get to write a very different sort of post about my son's experience at school. It is more like those I read so long ago at MOM-NOS — about how a wonderful and caring team of specialists came together, if not completely understanding my son's needs, dedicated to discover how best to meet them so that he might attend school while also enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

On the last day of school, I watched DeDe graduate and then, Ms. Glee, (my son's go-to when he needs "happy talk" to dispel his anxiety and frustrations) had gathered together a booklet of kind farewell messages from the entire team which she then presented to him and to me along with framed photos from a recent field day and more. It was an adorable keepsake. But truly what she gave me was an even greater gift, the feeling that they sincerely cared about him, that they could see through his struggles and appreciate this charming little guy and maybe miss him. I felt that, at least for the span of a school year, we had been in it together, helping C.S. navigate this world, teaching him to comprehend or at least translate social situations, manage his emotions, access his remarkable strengths and generally speaking, pursue happiness. I will not forget that we depended heavily upon these women to gain the necessary skills to enjoy life, independently. Thank you.

Red, White and Blue lining: I hope that you too are enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness!

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