c1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved
When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It's all very exciting.
After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."
"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I'm supposed to be in Italy. All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."
But there's been a change in the flight plan. They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.
The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It's just a different place.
So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.
It's just a different place. It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.
But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."
And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.
I’m really excited to start our school year! Many exciting things will take place this year. I would like to start by allowing each student to personalize their ‘take home’ folder. I have always provided those in the past but this year please let your child choose 2 folders of interest (favorite animal, super hero etc..). They only need to have 2 pockets. We will start out using one folder, and right after Christmas break utilize the other folder.
We will start out our school days with breakfast and therapy. Therapy this year will consist of a series of ‘challenges’. We will engage in fun and exciting songs and dances as well as our plank challenge and squat challenge. We will also be able to use the new equipment that we received over the summer. Please stop in at open house to see the new additions.
We will be discussing our summer activities the first few days of school and drawing pictures please talk with your child about what he/she would like to share (or send in pictures or a narrative).
Please send in the following items at your convenience:
· 1 box of Kleenex
· 1 packet of index cards
· 1 small hand sanitizer
· several pencils
· 1 container of wipes/flushable if possible
Thank you! As always I am available by email, and phone.
574-342-2355 ext 250