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Thursday, September 11, 2014

It Was Surreal ~ Part One

Today marks the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. Many are sharing the story of this day, how they heard the news, how they remember the tragedy, and how it affected their lives. I remember as well. It was one of the two most surreal moments of my life.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

One Happy Girl

Yesterday afternoon, after many tears, some yelling, and my letter (which was exactly what I sent via email to the transportation department), my daughter rode the bus home from school with her brother. She was thrilled! She bounced off the bus with a huge smile on her face! It was awesome! Immediately she asked, "Do I get to ride this bus every day now?" Yes, sweetie, you do.

In my letter to the transportation department I talked about why this needed to happen - I talked about the girl and how badly she wanted to ride his bus. What I didn't talk about is how happy that makes me! To know that she wants to be part of his community. She doesn't see it as different or weird to ride his bus. To her, it's just a bus with kids going to school.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Open Letter to the School District Transportation Department

Update: The issue has been resolved and The Girl can now ride the bus with her older brother. I could take this letter down, but the fact that I even had to write it is the reason it is going to stay posted. If you want to read about The Girl's first day on the bus, click here.

To whom it concerns:

This morning you had someone call me to tell me that you had reviewed my request to allow my daughter in Kindergarten to ride the same bus as her brother, who is in Life Skills at the same school, and that it had been denied. Your rationale involved logistics. You cited that the bus for our neighborhood which stops a block from my house is coming approximately 10 minutes earlier than the bus for my son, which comes directly to my home. You said that is enough time.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

New Beginnings

My daughter starts Kindergarten tomorrow. For many of my friends, they are shedding tears, passing tissues, and mourning the passing of time. For me, it's totally different. The boy started 3rd grade this year - well, technically. He's still in the same classroom, with the same teacher, and the same team, being taught the same concepts as last year. But for things like library and assemblies, he's in 3rd grade.