Today was my first parent/teacher conference! I feel like I went through a rite of passage and am now REALLY, fully an adult.
The meeting was only supposed to be 20 minutes long. But when there are 14 people in the room, all of whom have something to report, that timeframe becomes a joke.
And I’m not exaggerating. 14 people were in the room – therapists, psychologists, social workers, paras, parents. Each and every one of these people discussed how much potential L has, how very smart she is, how sweet and loving she is.
Turns out she creates a bit of crowd everywhere she goes at school – and not just because she is rarely without at least two adults by her side throughout the day. Kids flock to her – they want to hug her, help her, play with her. Young children are drawn to her. I’m not surprised to hear this as I see it happen everywhere – at the laundromat the other week, two girls started following Lily around as she wandered aimlessly from washer to dryer and back again. They wanted to touch her hair, sing to her, interact with her. Lily loves this kind of attention. And she usually reciprocates the hugs and kisses.
This kid is walking love. Pure and simple.
Back to the parent/teacher conference where we discussed all things Lily. The therapists informed me of her progress, of her ups and downs (which are constant, unfortunately, and part of what is expected of her diagnosis), of her struggle to communicate, her struggle to sometimes swallow or walk a straight line or climb a stair. But she’s a trooper and even though she may be frustrated and/or tired, she tries and tries. I updated everyone in the room on the numerous doctors appointments we’ve recently had – what the swallow specialist, neurologist, Rett specialist, dentist, and gastroenterologist had to say about sweet L.
And we were only supposed to meet for 20 minutes?! Ha. We were in there for an hour and a half and could have kept going.
I walked away from that meeting confident that my sweet kid has a loving, supportive, hard-working and extremely knowledgable group of people teaching her. And felt so grateful.