My story; the Special Ed Paraprofessional:
I may not be a heart mom, but let me just say my pain I have felt this past year has to rate right up there. On the first day of school, Isaac walked in and I fell in love instantly. You could tell mom, Kathy was nervous although she would never have had admitted it. Everyone looked around this empty classroom, with a few tables, chairs, a few toys, books, and a teachers desk. Scary to say the least.
However, as time went on; we pulled that class together. With excitement about another day, he would wrap his little arms and legs around you when you lift him up and into your lap to say “good morning”, he showed his gentle kind of love, with all of the hugs and many wet kisses to your cheek.
I loved his sticky hands (from always sucking on his fingers), as he would gently grab your hand to help guide him into the lunchroom, out to the playground where we mostly sat on this beat up old bench after pick pocketing my iPhone from my back pocket so he could watch his videos.
I helped him daily with the smallest of tasks; spooning his food, drinking from a straw, up and down all those stairs! I was so excited by the second year as he was drinking from the water fountain, working on brushing his teeth after lunch. I learned his personality, his quirks, his strengths and his weaknesses. Although I was just an “Aide”, i built a relationship with a precious boy; hoping that this same boy is growing trust in me.
Although I have struggled at times, wondering if my hard work was going unnoticed. But what I learned overtime is that I know Isaac noticed. And because God gave me this incredible gift of being the protector of this special boy for the 4-6 hours/day, I’m certain Kathy would make me a superhero cape for not just taking care of Isaac; but for loving him as much as I did! I wouldn’t trade that cape for anything!
Brief Story about Isaac:
Isaac was born on March 28, 2007. He was born with a complex heart defect and DiGeorge Syndrome (which means he also had low muscle tone, a weak immune system and would be developmentally delayed. On January 26th, a high fever turned into a hospital visit which revealed an infection in his heart. He was put on a ventilator and passed away with his family by his side.
Finally; this is a story which I wrote after my daughters favorite book, “Goodnight Moon”.
In the great green school, there was a teachers aide, an iPad and a boy named Isaac who’s little heart was as red as a balloon.
And there were five little friends sitting on chairs.
And two big slides waiting outside. And a beat up old bench where we loved to hide. And a little play kitchen. And a whole lot of stairs. And a sink and a fountain and a box full of Isaac’s favorite snacks!
And a teacher always saying “schedule” which always got the roll of his eyes 👀
And goodnight stairs and goodnight slides.
Goodnight green school
Goodnight Miss Lynne
and Goodnight to the bench which is now been named “The Buddy Bench”!
Little did we know on a blustery Friday, Miss Lynne would be saying;
Goodnight to my favorite bench buddy!
Goodnight until we meet in Heaven again 👼🏼
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