Thank you so much for all your prayers and good wishes for today's big meeting. Everything went very well, and his teachers seemed to be very receptive to all of the information we presented.
I gave my inner nerd/office supply junkie free reign, and I made up a nice packet of summarized information on all of Fiver's problem areas. I highlighted his problems that will be more common in a classroom setting, and I included all of the suggestioned accommodations from his therapist. I essentially turned myself into Fiver's one-woman resource learning support staff, and I think it paid off.
I wanted to strike the right note at this meeting; hit the right balance between concerned parent and the nightmare parent that alienates the teachers. I think it works in our favor that Fiver is not our first child in the school, so we are a known quantity and we have good relationships with the faculty. They know that we are always eager to volunteer or help, and I think that definitely disposes them to being as helpful as possible with Fiver.
Plus, everyone who knows Fiver loves him, and I am not just saying that because I am his mother. I've stopped counting how many people who tell me that "there is just something special" about him. No one can put their finger on what it is, but people are irresistibly drawn to him. When they try to explain the quality, words fail them, but I know what they mean. I have always felt that God gave Fiver a special light so that people would be drawn to him. Just as He created Fiver's discombobulated central nervous system, He infused him with a grace and a gentleness that compels people to want to be with him and help him. It was no happy accident, my friends.
So we continue to put our best feet forward and take things one day at a time. It seems to be working out so far. And now, for all those who thought happy thoughts for us, I leave you with a little "Fiverism" nightcap:
Fiver (on the sofa, looking at our children's Bible): And now I will be reading a good book called "The Word of God." It's by God.