There are a lot of times when the start of a conversation with a child can turn into a time to teach one of life's valuable lessons. Yesterday proved to be one of those between Nic and me. She began with the exciting news of being amongst a team of 3 kids that were named as having the most spirit in a school competition. Participating in her team was a classmate who has been repeatedly shunned by the other students, as kids will unfortunately do when they don't understand another individual's learning difficulties. Especially with autism, since it can facilitate so many different characteristics from one child to another.
Then it happened. Call it the light bulb burning brightly, but Nic just amazed me with her determination to put together an award honoring this student for the next assembly. She sat down and wrote out a very passionate tribute to all students in compassion, understanding and overall, respect. She is utilizing her last days as Student Body President to attach a message of hope to everyone; after all, as she points out, "you voted me as your president because I truely care about our students."
Eleven years old, and I couldn't be prouder.