In the last two weeks, I’ve ranted, remembered and recommended. Thank you for bearing with me.
I am aware that there is a group of people who I have not thanked.
The children of Horton Lodge.
You amazing group of individuals have welcomed me;
“Hello Pearl’s mummy!”
You have made me laugh at your energy and enthusiasm, stunned me with your drive and abilities.
Thank you for letting me see you take first torturous steps with a ladder walker. Thank you for sharing your new found abilities with your electric wheelchair. Thank you for treating me to the sound of your name spoken in your own voice. Thank you for showing me how you can bash that Big Mac button to make your voice heard in assembly. Thank you for letting me, for letting all of us parents, celebrate your achievements with you.
So many of you have shown me so much about joy, frustration, drive, the importance of independence and also of community. A few of you lived your short lives as part of Horton’s family , and oh, how it hurt our hearts to say goodbye, how we missed you, but how you lived and were loved!
I’m so glad for all of you that you came into Special Education at this time when attitudes are changing technology is widely available and your voices can be heard. They might not be ready for you yet, out there in the non Horton world, they’re a little slow I’m afraid, but you’re coming and they will all have to learn to #bemorehorton and just #reachforthestars
“Don’t believe in all that you’ve been told
The sky’s the limit you can reach your goal
No-one knows just what the future holds
There ain’t nothing you can’t be
There’s a whole world at your feet ”