Trouble with a capital T

April 18, 2008 at 12:12 pm 2 comments

     The first time C ever got in trouble at school was during his last year of preschool. When I went to pick him up, his teacher – a delightful woman with an enchanting voice every preschool teacher should have – was aquiver with excitement. “We’ve been waiting for this!!” she exclaimed. “It’s so typical!” For the uninitiated, “typical” is the word that has replaced “normal” in the world of development and special education. “Typical” is something they strive for, at least in certain areas.

     For Miss P, it was a moment that surpassed nearly all others in C’s achievements during his years with her. For him to get into trouble meant he was comfortable enough to let go, he was relaxed enough in his environment to just be a kid. I have no recollection of what he did to land in hot water, but I do remember how excited we all were.

     Now, when C tells me he was “counted on,” I admit to experiencing a secret thrill. They use the “1-2-3 Magic” method at his current school, and he rarely gets past a 1. In my mind, when he reports being counted, it means he was just being a kid, a regular kid at that, and was probably participating in mischief with another child. All good things for C, in my book.

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  • 1. Good Fountain  |  April 19, 2008 at 8:34 am

    I know just of what you speak. I love it when Chee acts up in a typical way. For a long time she would never verbally protest no. Like the whiny, “Noooooo!!” that you hear kids do. I remember when she first started doing it (long past the age most kids do it) I was thrilled.

    Now it’s annoying. But still … you know what I mean.

    OH THAT IS SO FUNNY! We always say “be careful what you wish for.” You wait for something for sooooo long and then it happens too much! Thanks for the laugh. 🙂

  • 2. awalkabout  |  April 19, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    You know, I’ve noticed these same moments, and we’re always just as thrilled. But geez, why is it that so many of the moments that we celebrate (i.e. Little Miss kicking the boy in the privates) are naughty moments?? Is that what’s so appealing about NT kids?

    LOL! Good point, and you are right! We do celebrate the naughties, but I’m pretty sure you all celebrate the not-naughties too, like we do. 😉


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