Sunday, August 21, 2011
I'm debating whether or not to go into Jack's kindergarten class and "tell them how cool he is."
I would bring baby pictures, probably just this poster and explain a little bit about his cleft. Talk about why he talks a little different, and have him show them his retainer.
The reason I'm debating? I don't want to bring attention if they don't notice. But I also don't want them staring and wondering. A couple of years ago, a child at school asked me why he looked like frankenstein. *sigh* But I also don't want to single him out. Or make him feel uncomfortable.
I hate that he's in-between. In-between typical and extra special. At home, we just act like there is nothing wrong. But as he goes out into the world, they probably won't.
I'm so not ready to throw him to the wolves, so to speak. On one hand, I'm so glad his teacher's are glorious women I have known for years. On the other hand, I will not be there. Emma will be there, in the same hall even. So that's good. I guess. :/ It looks as if I am the one with the issue. haha
So my question is, what do you all think? Should I make a special moment, to "introduce him" or wait until something "comes up""? I have already talked to his teacher, and she is game for whatever. I also thought maybe I would just see if he can be the first student of the week. Then I could still tell them about his coolness, without making it a big deal. ...maybe...