This will be my first open letter to you, my love bug. A dear friend suggested I leave you my thoughts while they are fresh and have the conversations I imagine we would have if you could tell me what you are thinking. And with that in mind, I couldn’t just post this video today, I had to break it down.
Reese, you are amazing to me. I believe you deserve to see this progress, when you’ve started reading, you will be able to celebrate how far you’ve come. Because it’s all YOU, baby!
Your progress the past 6 months has been overwhelming and there just hasn’t been a way to keep up with documenting it. You have to watch this 3-4 times and each time let me point something different out to you, because only your dad and I, and your teachers can see it.
First, Watch your demeanor and your attention.
- Sitting, following instructions and looking where your teacher is guiding you.
- You are calm and not fidgety.
- You are aware of your friends sitting around you.
- You followed through on the whole task… meaning you didn’t get distracted.
- Watch your little dance – it’s become your way of showing you are paying attention.
Now observe your clothes. Today I was feeling quirky, so we both have our best funky outfits on. You can thank me later for your sense of individual style. But it’s more than that…
- You have a necklace on. Historically you have taken these off. They bother your neck. Today you’re cool with it. Progress.
- These leggings are almost too small, but I had to get them on and then cover the booty up with shorts. And you were ok with that, too. And then there’s one leg bunched up — you did that on purpose.
- You put those black boots on by yourself this morning. Socks, too. A HUGE win! (It’s a special word, highly overused these days). You pulled them open, slid in the foot, and zipped each boot up. And you did all this without really looking at your hands and what you were doing. It’s easier for you to focus when your eyes aren’t taking in so much information.
Now look at your physical actions.
- You’re sitting cross-legged. Ok, first, you’re sitting. No grown up behind you, no special Elmo fuzzy chair any more. You are equal to your friends.
- Your teacher insists on you crossing your legs. This is great for coordination, it also keeps you from rocking. But you don’t need to rock when you’re engaged and comfortable.
- Watch your head turn to each child when she says their name.
- Look how you dance your head and move your feet with purpose. You have gained so much physical control and awareness.
- Your hands sometimes are your biggest challenge but you grab our card and know exactly what to do with it.
You have become a full participant in circle time and I honestly didn’t know if it was posssible two years ago. You belong here and you are so loved! And I know everyone’s belief in you spurs you forward, but this is definitely all your doing.
So wherever you are when you read this I want you to hold your head a little higher, and smile big, because you inspire people. You are so deserving of so much admiration.
And that is why I am here today, with you ever day. You inspire me. I love you. We all do.