Call me naive, oblivious or just a mom that loves her daughter, but when I look at Molly…I don’t even notice she has Down syndrome. For some reason, it always surprises me when strangers approach us in public to share their connection with Down syndrome. (I told you I’m naive, remember?).
Each day when I pick up Maggie from preschool, the teachers are always so excited to see Molly. I started wondering if they knew she had Down syndrome. I don’t know why I find it a little scary to share the news with strangers, I guess it’s more that I’m scared of how they might react. So today, when Maggie’s teacher asked how old Molly was, I took that as my lead to tell her more about Molly.
Maggie’s teacher was amazing in her response after I told her the news. She hugged me and asked if I was open to the idea of Molly starting school there too one day. I told her it was our hopes to have her integrated into a typical learning environment and she practically begged me to let Molly go to school there. She said she would be honored to have Molly in her classroom. She went on to tell me that she felt it was important for children to realize that not everyone was alike…but that we are all the same.
Can you believe it?! What an awesome response of hearing a child had special needs! I was practically in tears by the time I got back to the car. Of course, I never expected her to have a negative response…but when you hear something this positive, it’s a fantastic feeling knowing that your daughter is being welcome with open arms.
Even though Molly has a few years before school starts for her… I can’t wait for Miss Mary to play an even bigger part in Molly’s life, just as she’s doing right now with Maggie.