From: Happy Aspies
I got to eat lunch with the boys today at school. That is always so much fun. It was especially fun today because they were both having really great days. I was proud of Hammy because he walked into school on his own with Wolfie this morning. No tears and very little fear about it. Wolfie was very proud because he could help Hammy and do a good job at being big brother. I drove away from school this morning without that dull ache in the pit of my stomach and I was grinning from ear to ear.
Today was fancy day for Wolfie. I have agreed to let him wear his fancy clothes to school once every two weeks. He loves to dress up in his nice shirt, his tie, dress pants and dress shoes and belt. He looks like he is going to work. The image of him dressed like that, holding Hammy’s hand on the way into school is one that I will always remember.
I was standing in line at Subway getting ready to order Wolfie’s lunch when my phone rang. I recognized the number immediately. It was school.
“This is Mrs. S’s room, Wolfie speaking!” This is what I heard when I answered. He sounded so happy!
Before I could finish my hello to him, he was telling me as fast as he could that he had just had a fire drill AND an intruder drill and he did just fine. He said he was a little afraid of the intruder drill, but that he was really OK. He was so, so proud of himself.
There was no announcement of the drill. It just happened and he was absolutely fine. I am so glad that the new school counselor was willing to try this out with him. Removing the announcement at the beginning of the day elimated all the anxiety that he normally feels about drills. I couldn’t be happier.
We had a fantastic lunch. Hammy and I ate together first and put together a car from his happy meal. Then Wolfie and I ate together and he invited two friends to join us. Watching him interact with his friends and seeing how proud he was of his accomplishment with the drills was wonderful.
Our school situation may not be perfect, but I am happy to have such good people working with Wolfie. All it takes is someone to take ownership and try to make a difference and today his teacher, his special ed coordinator, and his counselor really did a fantastic job.
All I can say is Thank You.