I've always known Parker was special, even when he was little. Actually, when he was little, he was a pain, but when he wasn't being a pain, he was sweet.
Yesterday, his teacher gave me the greatest gift. She told me how much she loves having Parker in her class. She said how he is so popular, everyone gravitates to him, and that he is "A little ball of Sunshine." We are still giggling about that one.
But the gift was when she told me about Jebba. Jebba is a little girl with special needs, in his class. She is from Africa I think. She came to the states last year to get help with her severe facial cleft. I, of course was instantly drawn to her, but so was Parker. He was so excited the first day of school, when he found out she was in his class. He talks about her often, and how cute and funny she is. A few weeks ago, she had some work done on her face. The second he got in the car, he tells me" Jebba is having surgery tomorrow!" Then he saw her, getting on the bus, and was SCREAMING out the window..."JEBBA, JEBBA, GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR SURGERY!!!!" Then one of the girl in their class ran up and gave her a big hug. It was so sweet, I cried.
There are a group of girls, that really watch out for her, and help her in the class. She has an aide, but she also gets help from the kids. Mrs H, told me, that Jebba always picks the girls to help her. Then last week, she picked Parker. We talked about how Parker's main issue with his school work, is staying on task. And yet, when he was helping Jebba, he was TOTALLY focused for the 20 minutes they were working together. She said that she has been so impressed with Parker the whole year. But to see him working with Jebba was so moving, and it really touched her. She felt like she had witnessed Parker's life unfolding, and how neat it was to watch this amazing 11 yr old, and see what a wonderful special ed teacher he would be. She moved me to tears, yet again. Then she said, "Having Jack for a brother has really determined your path Parker." He is SUCH a good big brother, and loves Jack SO MUCH. I'm just glad we get to share him with Jebba too!!
I'm so proud of him, I don't have enough words. And I'm pretty sure HE'S proud of himself too...