It turned out to be a very good thing that Mrs. R left two weeks early on maternity leave, because she had her baby yesterday morning! Mrs. M, the long-term sub, is on youth staff with me in our youth group. We talked last night for quite a while, about D1 and the whole classroom situation.
Once again I had sent the book In Jesse’s Shoes by Beverly Lewis to school, for the teacher to read to the class. Mrs. M said they read it yesterday, and had a really good discussion about what makes people different, and how that shouldn’t affect the way we view them as a friend or a person. She chose a time to read it when D1 was in Resource. She didn’t mention him at all, and the kids didn’t bring him up either, but she said she could tell they were thinking about the story and how it relates to THEM, so they must be thinking of him also.
She did say that over the last week she’s had kids point out “Hey D1 didn’t finish writing his spelling words…” or whatever it was he didn’t finish writing. She and Mrs. B are working on how to approach it/what to tell the kids so that D1 doesn’t feel singled out and the other kids don’t start saying “That’s not fair”.
When I mentioned this to my husband, his words were, “They’re right. It’s NOT FAIR. It’s not fair that this is the hand our son was dealt.” Maybe not, but God made him this way, and God will use him this way. I’ll make another post to tell you how the Lord has used my son. 🙂