Please excuse me while I gush a bit about my boy. A few weeks ago Doran received a letter from our town inviting him to an art reception where his work would be featured. It turns out Doran's art teacher, Ms. H, entered his painting into a town-wide contest. This contest is held only every two years. Doran received a blue ribbon and his work will become part of our town's permanent collection. I am truly amazed by Doran's talent, passion (he gets intense about his painting) and skill and so happy for him! Doran has worked spectacularly hard and his teachers have worked along side him, pushing and encouraging him.
We attended the reception at Town Hall. We saw Doran's painting and the other beautiful works that will also be a part of the town's collection. It was wonderful to watch all of the children get up and receive their certificates. It was such an honor. I could tell Doran was very proud! Seeing that just made my year-to see his pride. So often our kiddos who live with autism don't have the opportunity to feel competent about even the most basic of things. I know I am biased, but I am over the moon that one of Doran's loves and strength lies in his art.
He even went up to get his certificate by himself. He responded with an adamant "No!" when I asked if he wanted me to help him to the podium. It was such a joy to watch him race up to receive his certificate and then study it carefully on his way back to where we were standing.
I was also so touched by Doran's teachers. They work so hard and are incredibly dedicated. I don't think I could do it. After being at school all day, Doran's principal Dr. D., his teachers Ms. G and Ms. T, and his art teacher Ms. H. came to the reception. I will be forever grateful to them for the love and respect they have for my son.
Thanks for your patience with my gushing!