For me, certain times of the year seem to be fraught with emotion; my children’s birthdays, annual IEPs, and the coming of each new year. Like the changing of some apparitional guard, marked passages of time often highlight the unmet goals, untimely milestones, and overdue achievements. Sometimes, the kindest thing we can do for our children and ourselves, is to let go. Release the old and as fearlessly as possible, welcome the new. So here are my toasts to welcome in the new challenges and new successes of the New Year !
May the auld acquaintants first forgotten, be school people.
I wish for your blessings to be as plentiful, as the number of days teachers have off of school.
May your fortitude be as strong as the coffee you brew to survive, and may your life be as sweet as the chocolate you eat to forget.
Be assured, you will find the answers to your own questions, only when you question the answers of others.
To the school; if only the school would meet your child’s needs as well as they meet their own.
May you have as many blessings as you have professional appointments.
To your child’s education: may it be more appropriate than the school personnel’s behavior at IEP meetings.
May your child’s related service minutes increase as steadily as your superintendant’s salary.
A mariner’s toast: may the tide rise only as high as the school people’s expectations for your child.
May your taxes be as low as the school’s expectations of your child.
Here’s wishing that all the news you hear will be as good, as the school staff believe they are at their jobs.
May your school people’s arguments be as weak as your child’s grasp after a session with their OT.
Here’s hoping that all your child’s teachers will be as certified as the letter you send to challenge them.
May the people who surround you be as supportive as your child’s orthotics.
Always be as uncompromising in your dreams for your child, as the school team wants to be at meetings.
May your health insurance coverage be more comprehensive than the school’s accomodations, and used only as often as they provide assistive technology.
To a long life--may your days be as long as your list of unmet goals.
May you be as much a mentor to other families, as the school has been a tormentor to yours.
May you find rewards in every challenge and gratification in every effort.
May belief in your child be like stepping stones to higher expectations, and may your fears be merely pebbles to be kicked away.
May those who steal the dreams of children, one day awaken to find they slept through a miracle.
Here’s wishing you and your family a very happy, healthy 2007.