The only people with whom you should try to get even are those who have helped you.
~John E. Southard
Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.
As a co-chair of our town’s first ever Special Education Council Awards Committee, I had the great pleasure of sending notification yesterday to the very special folks who are being recognized for their efforts on behalf of our children.
One of the nominees was the fabulous BCBA from Brooke’s preschool, Ms C. I wasn’t remotely surprised to see her name on my list. Or to read the words written by the parent who nominated her – words that might very well have been mine three years ago .. “When the world seemed completely lost to me, she took the time to talk and to listen.” Yup, that’s Ms C. I nodded emphatically as I read, “I can’t thank her enough for helping me to be a better mother to my child.”
I couldn’t wait to send Ms C the e-mail that I’d drawn up for the nominees.
The Special Education Council is thrilled to inform you that you have been nominated for a SpEd Council Award!
Our members have nominated you as part of a select group of (our district’s) staff and administrators for recognition. By way of these nominations, we intend to honor those whose commitment and dedication to our children consistently exceeds the call of duty. You have truly made a difference in the lives of our children, and we are grateful.
We hope you will join us (for the upcoming) award ceremony followed by a casual reception.
It’s a small way to thank you for all that you do.
SpEd Council Awards Committee
I hoped perhaps she’d write back when she saw my name to say, ‘hi’. Or – even better – to tell me that she’d be at the reception.
What landed in my inbox was far more than a ‘hi’ or an RSVP to the awards.
Wow. I’m not sure what to say. I’m truly honored but I feel somewhat like I’m completely indebted to all the parents that I’ve worked with (laughed with, cried with….. Oh, Jess, you know who you are….)
You ought to have an award’s night for all these parents who, every year, teach teachers how to try harder, be more empathic, laugh more, and value both the hurt and pride that can exist in the small stuff.
Thank you so much,
I will never cease to be amazed by and grateful for the Ms C’s of the world.
To Ms C and to all of the heros who have chosen to walk this journey with our children – and with us – THANK YOU.
Ed note: Please feel free to use the comments to leave a tribute to a member of your child’s team who has made a difference to him/ her and to your family.
Let the love flow for the angels who go the extra mile for our kids!