No, I haven’t taken leave of my teacher-side – I’m just trying to give a visual example of the milestones Special Girl leaped over today. Her speech is somewhat slurred at times and she has often omitted the first syllable in words with two or more syllables. People close to her have filled in the missing syllables as this was easier for everyone…
Enter this ol’ stickler for correct pronounciation a year ago and her new, fantastic Personal Assistant in January of this year. We began with everyday words, a little bit at a time and we had many reasons to make High Five during the spring. The beginning of this school year has been a bit rocky due to changes in her family picture – but now… Yesterday she mastered TObias (Bias), Isabelle (Sabelle) and a tricky R at the beginning of the Swedish word for “touch” – as in Don’t touch me – pronounced close to “roar” (your) in English. Today she not only said DEcide and BEhaviour, but she also pronounced my given name Gertrud correctly. Both her Assistant AB and I were teary-eyed as we were hugging her and her own delight at having mastered such long words was not to be mistaken. She then tried a few other tricky ones like dish washer (Sw. disc machine) and some others I can’t describe easily. In short, she’s making progress by leaps and bounds it seems – no doubt because she has a dedicated PA who is working to make her more and more independent and self assured. She also has half a dozen teachers who are working on supplying her with the tools to understand and deal with her world.
Yes, this is the kind of things that out-weighs my lousy salary. Today I’m not even sure I would accept a highly paid position anywhere if I had to miss days like this. (I hope my principal does not read this – it could be held against during the next salary review.)
I’m spending a long weekend with Dad and -B-. I have an appointment to get my hair cut and dyed tomorrow and am planning a delicious dinner for the three of us for tomorrow. There might be pictures of my hair OR dinner – or both!