I sat at parents night filling out information about Jackson. Questions like does he have any allergies and is he potty trained.
Then at the end of the page there was a question, “Is there anything special you want us to know about your child?”
And I felt my stomach do a flip flop, how do I answer that in a couple of lines or words. Cause there is so much I want his teacher to know.
I want her to know that he’s special to me in a way that I can’t sum up in a few words.
I want her to know that he gets anxious in new crowds and that he won’t always show it but he will want to hold a hand or get a hug.
I want her to know that he loves to talk, probably a little too much but, be patient he’s learning when it’s time to be quiet.
He has a better memory than I do and will remember if you made a promise, as he will hold you to it.
He loves routine and thrives on it.
He’s a lover not a fighter and even though he’s a boy he’s not rough or a risk taker.
He’s very literal, if you tell him he can’t talk during something, he won’t. He takes what he’s told and does it to the letter.
His new thing is to give kisses, by kissing his hand and giving it to you. Feel very special if he offers you one.
He loves imaginative play, so please play along. He’s always getting “stuck in mud” or chased by the “tick tock croc”. Please, humor him.
Mickey is real to him, he’s his buddy and he’s hanging out in his back pack waiting to go home.
And I want you to know that he’s loved. That he comes from a good home and to me he is the world, he is my heart. And that every day when I leave him, even though I know he’s in good hands, part of my heart worries about him while he’s gone.
I know you have many names to learn and personalities to figure out. I know he’s not the only one in your class but he’s my only one so be patient with me. I don’t know if I will ever find sending him off in the world, to be easy. And I will probably feel this way on the first day of kindergarten and the first day of college. Letting go is constant in motherhood but never easy.
So is there anything special you need to know about my child? Yes there is, more than you will ever know.