Monday, August 10, 2009

Angels Sing and the Devil Grins


No tears.........I was proud, of them and myself! I almost choked up when I was fixing B's hair this morning but I sucked it up, and off we went. I was a little nervous since this year there is a new principal. I didn't know this until two days ago. Ugh, was my first thought. You parents of special needs kids know that we always feel like we are starting over each year w/every new teacher, and to even think about having to begin all over with a new principal.....but we can't help retirement, it happens. As we entered the building, she (the new principal) was greeting everyone with a friendly "Hello". As we smiled, returned her greeting and walked on, I heard a "Oh, are these my cochlear implant kids?" Stop. About face. "Yes, these are the Cochlear Kids." The very friendly principal says "Oh, my grandson has a cochlear implant"...and the angels began to sing. Another one sent to us from above (we hope!). Right away I felt more at ease. We took Gage first to his third grade room, got the essential introductions out of the way, and headed out for the K. Gage had already prepped Brook on the way there about things like "Don't say bathroom Brook, it's restroom!" Good advice from someone who's been there done that. I got Brook all settled in, told her I'd pick her up at 11:30 since they let the K out early if they want, the first week...and we want! Brook promised to follow erections (unfortunately that's no typo-we are working on that one particular word where the /d/ is so important). As I took a deep breath and strolled back down the hall...alone...with no kids...the devil paid his visit in the form of a sly grin that I wanted to hide, but why bother?


I grinned my way on out the door to the two hours worth of errands I had to run, alone. The kids are begging to start riding the bus home this week, I was going to wait til next week but we may start early (Gage might, Brook will get out early all week).


I have more homework than ever, filling out papers for two kids instead of one. The nurse pulled me aside today and I chatted with her, which again, makes me feel at ease. Also I noticed on all the health paperwork, there were options under hearing loss where you can check hearing aids, or cochlear implant...didn't see BAHA or ABI anywhere but that'll change likely in the next few years if more people get those.


Picked B up and she had a great day, there was one child that flicked her coils off a time or two, but the teacher took care of that. I did speak to Brook's class upon her request and explained that she can't hear without her devices and I managed to keep it in three sentences and under this time, too much info confuses them. And when I finished a little boy says "What do we do with this folder?"......ah, so that went well I'd say, haha. So for our first day, it couldn't have went any smoother. The teachers are great, we have a really good school, regardless of how rural it is. They teach, and take care of my babies.

8 comments:

lbre969903 said...

I'm so glad to hear it went well. Evan starts on Thursday and I am starting to get nervous.. It looks like B got her hair cut, did she? Also how do you get your pictures placed other places in your blog instead of at the top?

Val said...

yes she got a hair cut...once you load your photos, click on them while still in the posting section and drag them down...you can drag them to the middle or bottom wherever.

Emily Whiteside said...

Val, I thought about Brooke, Gage, and you this morning as I drove to my school, and I wondered throughout the day how you all were doing. Delighted to hear that the principal will be a soft sell, that the kids enjoyed their day, and that you recognized a terrific moment for a devilish smile! Sounds like you're all off to a great year.

Prince Andrew and the Queen Mum said...

yea! now if i had a school like that... maybe I should pack up the Winnebago and park on your farm and change my address.

Nicole said...

Sounds like they had a great first day. Ours is tomorrow! How are those forms coming? I spent about 2 1/2 hours filling out approximately 82 forms PER CHILD tonight!

Jodi Cutler Del Dottore said...

Oh My God!!! I cannot believe you have already started school...we don't start for another month here! And only you would have a principal with a grandkid with a ci. I'm just speechless after reading this...and so happy for all of you. So nice to get a break every once in a while...love y'all!

leah said...

I love the way that Gage looks out for his little sis- telling her the rules of the land! The picture of the two of them with their backpacks makes them look like such "big kids!"

The 'Ssippi Scoup said...

Although I don't teach in one of those small rural schools anymore, much to my dismay, those kinds are usually the BEST. I got chill bumps when I read the principal has a grandson with a CI. You just won over half the battle for the year in that one sentence huh?

Me? WElllll, I have 2 students with babies and 1 with a baby on the way. So, this has been new and um, different. I'll just leave it at that!

Here's to a great start for your sweet babies!