Hello my lovely Bloggy friends,
My little *CAL came out of school yesterday all excited and so needing to talk. This is so different to a usual day where she is extremely quiet until after her downtime and snack time. She was positively glowing and so very bouncy.
Those who are regular readers to my blog know I believe that God speaks through all things, all people and all experiences. We just need to seek Him, listen for Him and ask Him to come in and show us.
I understand now why Jesus told us to be like little children and I think that children on the spectrum are wonderful examples of raw, open, loving, honesty. They don’t learn to hide things as quickly as most.
I’ll tell you what happened and how it inspired me.
Over the weekend the school year six (11 year olds) went away on an adventure holiday doing loads of fun stuff that would have been great for *CAL but there is no way she would have coped in a large group without one to one help. Academically *CAL is very bright, a high achiever, we have no worries with that at all. It’s the everyday stuff she finds hard to do.
In year six English Literature yesterday
The learning objective for this lesson was letter writing, more specifically thank you letters to all the wonderful staff at the Adventure holiday. The children who didn’t go were asked to also write thank you letters to anyone they wanted. Most of the children that didn’t go chose to write to their Nan’s, my little *CAL chose to write to Sonic the Hedgehog.
She told me she needed to thank Sonic for helping to rescue her baby Chao and then helping him to learn to play the drums. Isn’t that just the most beautiful thing ever! My girl didn’t see that her Nanny isn’t here anymore. She didn’t look and compare to those around and see what she hadn’t or couldn’t do. She looked to what was positive inside her and what gave her joy and she focused and gave thanks for that.
I am so grateful that she was allowed to do this in her English lesson, it made her day.
It also inspired me and gave me hope in the education system.
For *CAL Sonic is one of her heroes,
Writing a thank you letter is just a way of her connecting with her hero. She writes a lot of stories at home and draws a lot of pictures. For some reason she connects with the characters of the DVD’s, games and books she has about Sonic. I have noticed a lot of kids on the Spectrum do.
So this is how it inspired me, who are my heroes?
My heroes are those examples in the Bible that teach me how to look to Jesus and walk in the grace of God. I can learn from these people, my friends of the yesterdays both good and bad because they teach me how to be and how not to be.
How cool will it be, and how therapeutic for me to write a thank you letter to each one I learn about?
Matthew 18:3-4 (MSG)
For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.