Last weekend, I took the girls to a birthday party for a little girl that Brooke knew from pre-school. L was one of Brooke’s first real friends, and despite the fact that they have been in different schools for over a year now, the connection remains. L is adorable. She was the first to join Brooke in the Deebahs. She’ll always be held in high esteem around these parts.
The party was at the gym where Brooke had been a founding member of the superstars class – a class for kids on the spectrum. As I watched her navigate the scene with relative ease, I was moved and awed by how much progress she’s made since the early days of that class.
While I watched, Miss J, one of the gym’s directors came over to chat. I welled up as I thanked her for helping us create the class. There was no hiding how much it meant to us or how much it had helped Brooke.
As we watched, Brooke climbed a wiggly waggly rope ladder and allowed (even tentatively welcomed!) a helping hand from a teacher.
We both marveled at how far she’d come.
A couple of days later, Luau and I got an e-mail.
Hello! It’s “Miss J” from (the gym)! I had so much fun with Katie and Brooke at L’s party this past Sunday!
Jess, our conversation that we had stayed with me since that afternoon.
I am writing this e-mail to you to see how I can become more involved with uperstars class launched it became one of my favorite classes. The best feeling was teaching and helping the superstars be challenged and accomplish their challenges- even having some of the kids move over to whiz kids! and I loved being a part of that and watching all the kids grow!events at local schools or in the community. When I took this job and the s
So if you have any events that I can help out in I would love to ….
It doesn’t take a lectern. It doesn’t take a microphone. It doesn’t take an invitation to speak to a bunch of executives. Hell, it doesn’t even take a good excuse. Sometimes, all it takes is a casual conversation and shared pride at a birthday party.
I put Miss J in touch with some folks who can use her help.
The army gets stronger.
And after today, I promise to get off the soapbox kick. Maybe. For like a week. Oh hell, no promises.