a little shaky about shaking hands with the Vice Principle
Yesterday was a big day for Toe in the Garden of Children. He recieved a major honor for "Excellence in Literary Achievement" at the Battle Creek Elementary School awards assembly. Way to go Toe, who has read more books at a higher reading level than any other kindergartener in the whole school!
small genius in a big pond
Despite Toe's excitement and boost in 5 yr old self-esteem ("I deserve to get a Pepsi now--I achieved excellence!), standing on stage in a crowded gymnasium with the whole school looking on was a bit of a challenge for a sensory-overloaded little critter. The overwheming crush of people, movement, and noise show in his tentative smile.
I can't hear yooooooo!
Lucky for Toe, the autism team at Battle Creek is all over it. With a reassuring squeeze from assistant teacher Miss Laura and a pair of comfy noise-canceling headphones, Toe was able to deal and wait for his big moment. Knowing it's his last day of school before Christmas Vacation also helped steel his wool and put a jig in his step, too, I think.
Good work to our brainy, beautiful little weirdo!
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness, and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make these points clear ... Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more, than they are doing now.
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