I have amazing kids.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
17 Day Diet
Cycle 1: Accelerate, Day 1 (Again)
I don't know what I did to deserve my wonderful family. Jon is a wonderful husband. 9-year-old Liam is off-the-charts brilliant and so cute and caring, I can't believe it. (Literally, off-the-charts. At conferences, his teachers always have to tell me "Liam scored X, which is as high as this test measures," on test after test.)
Alaric is 17. We're looking at college. He has a mild form of autism called Asperger's Syndrome, and things have been a struggle. Through it all, he has been so strong. My husband and I always told him he had tremendous potential, but there have been people along the journey who have said he wasn't worth the time. He would never go to college. He should be shuffled aside to a "special program" for people with disabilities. Jon and I always said that wasn't good enough.
We ignored the naysayers and pushed Alaric toward the teachers who were willing to work through his limitations. Some of them had even more confidence in him than I did. The band director who pushed him into Jazz and marching band when I thought that would put too much on his plate. The math teacher who said he should take AP Calculus, even though I thought he should stick to the basic course. The occupational therapist who kept seeing him even though she didn't have time set aside on his IEP.
I want to find those people who tried to set him aside. The ones that weren't willing to see past his differences to what makes him special. And I want to rub their faces in their failure. They failed to push us down.They failed to break his spirit.
He is the success. They are the failures, and I wish I could find every one of them and show them.