When I think about lady bugs (the inchie word for this week), I think of Susie (not her real name). Because we "loop" I have had this group of children for almost 2 years. You get very attached. Or at least I do. Susie has some very severe emotional problems. On a normal day she is one of my best students - smiling and so very loving. Then there are the other days. Something or someone stresses her and she changes drastically. If we are lucky she shuts down and just will not communicate, pulling herself into her hooded coat and totally leaving us behind. If we are not lucky, well that is a very different story. She throws chairs. She fights physically if you touch her. She destroys whatever she can get her hands on - worksheets, crayons, her own clothes. Once she threw herself into the floor and began to draw over about 2/3 of my classroom floor with crayons. It looked somewhat like Jackson Pollack had been my student! Since Christmas of this year, she has had what I term as "mini-melts". She is controlling it so much better and recovers quicker. There have been times I simply went home in tears. During it all, she and I have had a very special relationship; we love each other. I took to calling her my "lady bug". So my inchie this week is for Susie, my very special lady bug and one of those I will really, really miss next year. Wish I could share her picture - just picture curly black hair and huge brown eyes and a super smile, when she connects with you!
I hope you are having a great week. My mantra is "twenty days" - but who's counting?!