How the outside world views your VI child

DSC00045In this blog I write about the public perception of your child.  Ignorance and the discriminating view of a mind lacking in compassion or just plain stupidty… there is always an certain snigger, facial expression, comment that can consume you with an inner sadness.  It goes completely against what you have spent the duration of your child’s life trying to teach them about humanity; so why does this ignorance, an rigid view of a member of the ‘pubic’ cut so hard?

When this situation arises there is one bit of advice that I constantly follow myself which helps me wipe the tear away from eye.  What the people who LOVE and care for Scarlett think about her is what is truly important.

IMG_0036Everyday I get reports from Scarlett’s school, each one each day is a detailed account of all the wonderful things Scarlett has done during the day.  Each one makes me feel that little bit more involved in Scarlett’s education and makes me feel all kinds of happy, thinking that another person involved in Scarlett’s life wonderfully articulates her AWESOMENESS…. daily!

So I would like to include some quotes in this post.  Remind myself and everyone that despite the trails and tribulations involved with a small minded mass, truly wonderful words spoken about our VI superstars!

“What Scarlett has not enjoyed this week:

DSCF3861 (1)Nothing! Scarlett has been very happy to be back at school- we didn’t enjoy her being off and the whole class missed her! One student picked up her photo from the self registration board and kept looking around I think looking for her- she is such an integral part of the class!”Scarlett’s teacher Helen

This makes me so happy, Scarlett enjoyed EVERYTHING during her school week, demonstrating how in touch the teaching staff are at the school with Scarlett.  We all have a point during the week where we think “Is it Friday yet”? But to find that Scarlett chose to be happy all week is great.  Its really in keeping with my aspirations for her future 🙂

“What Scarlett has done to make me teachers proud:

Using all that lovely language! Asking for things, naming people and singing some new songs!

It’sDSCF3543 lovely to have Scarlett back in school- I can’t believe the progress that she’s making in every part of her learning- she’s so much happier to touch new things now, communicating beautifully and using her self help skills to navigate around more independently- fantastic work Scarlett”- Scarlett’s teacher Helen   

I suppose the main message I am trying to communicate in this post is never under estimate how viewing a situation in a positive light, finding that silver lining, CHOOSING happiness can help keep the negativity away.  I don’t feel sad that some people are unable to understand Scarlett, nor do I feel sad that she is blind.  She teaches me everyday that happiness is a choice and it is encompassed in everything that Scarlett does!

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