Each week Christian’s class learns a different letter and this week it was letter J.
Christian is obsessed with trains and usually tries to finagle his way into bringing one of his trains from Thomas and Friends that begins with the letter of the week – this usually works out because he literally has hundreds of trains… literally!
So I thought for sure he would say that he wanted to bring in James the red engine. It was a slam dunk. But instead I was shocked when he said he wanted to bring his brother to school. At first I laughed to myself at the thought of it, because I could just picture bringing Jim into the private school that Christian attends, where the pre-schoolers are told to “bubble their mouths” when walking through the halls because they don’t want to disturb any students. Jim would have lit that place up! So I suggested bringing in a picture of his brother instead. Christian was agreeable to this idea and so we found a photo to bring.
Jeremy and I had to leave for Charleston at 6:00am with Jim Wednesday morning, so my parents offered to take care of Christian and get him to school the next day. I told my parents about the Show and Tell picture and asked them to remind him about it in the morning.
He told grandma all about the photo and went over what he had planned to say about his brother with her….
“J is for Jim. He’s my brother. He’s very special and I’m very proud of him.”
So off to school he went, and off we went to Charleston. When he got home yesterday afternoon I asked him how his Show and Tell presentation went. He hung his head down and said in a quiet voice, “I didn’t do my Show and Tell today mom.”
Totally confused I said, “What? Why didn’t you do it? It was in your folder.”
“I know…I didn’t want to do it,” he said.
“What do you mean you didn’t want to do it? We practiced and everything .”
Then Christian proceeded to tell me that he was afraid that his classmates were going to laugh at him. I asked him why he thought that and he told me, “Because Jim has autism .”
My heart sank ! I explained to Christian that he didn’t need to tell the class that his brother had autism and that he could just say he was his brother and very special. Then I assured him that no one would laugh at him… but to be honest I wasn’t sure if they would or if they wouldn’t. Christian is very intelligent and extremely well spoken – his vocabulary is incredible. So I have to admit I was a little worried about what he might say once he got on a roll.
He said that he would tell his teacher that he wanted to do his Show and Tell presentation the next day.
When Jeremy picked Christian up from school this afternoon he asked Miss Robin if Christian did his presentation…
Miss Robin said that he did and that she was touched by the photograph. On the back of the picture is a hand written note from one of Jim’s amazing therapists, Pamela. Christian asked Miss Robin to read the back of the picture.
After he had explained to the class that Jim was his brother, he went on to explain that Jim doesn’t talk. Of course the class had questions, so Miss Robin tried to help out and said, “Well does he use sign language or anything?”
And Christian responded, “Not yet…But the therapists are working in it!”
I couldn’t have said it better myself!
I love my little boy!