Happy List! – May 16, 2011

Things that make me happy… RIGHT NOW!

Alexa and Max

*Please click above to watch. Embedding is disabled at this time.*

As a former educator of profound mentally handicapped students, I know how much it means to give differently abled children a sense of belonging. Alexa has never been sheltered from the reality of these children being in school, hearing my stories and seeing my pictures, from the time she was 3 years old; it is one thing to hear about it but another to actually live it.

What has completely and utterly warmed my heart, and has shamefully surprised me, is the sheer exuberance she has towards Max being a part of her class. Alexa has never been one to pick on others, in fact, it has always been the opposite. Much like her aunt, she has a very strong mothering instinct. However, general education kids can be cruel, so naturally, I have asked her questions many times over about how both she and the other kids treat Max. I’ve also told her, right from the beginning, how important it is to treat him like everyone else and to MOST IMPORTANTLY be his friend.

She has never let me down.

In fact, she has filled me with pride to the point of bursting.

Take time to reach out to others who are different, and keep thinking of the things that make YOU smile! 🙂

~Jen

Alexa ROCKS. 🙂

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~ by sillyauntjen on May 16, 2011.

One Response to “Happy List! – May 16, 2011”

  1. My happy thing for today is the same as yours 🙂 That video made me smile (and maybe tear up a little), and it makes me so happy to know that there are kind, warm, thoughtful children in this world.

    Thank you for sharing, and thank you for being you and helping Alexa develop into the amazing little being she so obviously is!

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