Winning the Battle

imageToday we won a battle.  At least we think we may have.  It was one of those meetings that Alex and I left, shaking our heads, asking each other,  “What just happened?”   We think we made some great strides.  It really was a victory.  Our district is going to allow Coco to spell, using her alphabet board, but with very specific conditions and rules for how it will be used.  They also agreed to teach Coco the sixth grade curriculum.  So why did we leave this meeting feeling so rotten?  And scared?  We know Coco has some real support at the building level.  And others we still have to win over.  We had the support of a capable attorney.  We were even pleasantly surprised by the district administrator we were most afraid of meeting with.  But there were still the doubts, the naysayers, the misconceptions.  And then there were the attendees who were just downright disrespectful and dismissive.  Sometimes the negativity comes from directions we don’t expect.  Or maybe it’s just the old idea “be careful what you wish for.”  Now Coco has to actually prove herself.  And I have to help her.  And we are both more than a little overwhelmed and scared.  Here’s Coco’s take on today’s events.  I think there’s no one else I’d a rather go into battle with…

TODAY WE WON A BATTLE BUT WE DIDNT WIN THE WAR.  THE TOUGHEST PART IS AHEAD.  TODAY WE BET EVERYTHING WE HAD IN OUR HAND.  TODAY WE BET ON MY ABILITY TO PROVE MYSELF WITH STRANGERS.  THATS A LOT OF PRESSURE.  THATS THE CHALLENGE OF MY LIFE.  CAN I DO IT?  YES I CAN.  I AM A GIRL WITH SUPERPOWERS.  YOU JUST WATCH.  I WILL SHOW THEM ALL.  I WILL TYPE.  I WILL CONTROL MY BODY.  I WILL MASTER THE SIXTH GRADE CURRICULUM.  YES I CAN.  I YELL ON MY BOARD.  HEAR ME.  YES I CAN.

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6 Responses to Winning the Battle

  1. Cary Peirce says:

    Is there anything I can do to help Coco in school?

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  2. Kathleen Dehler says:

    You are the role model for so many people, Coco. Congratulations!

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  3. Brian J. Rogers says:

    Coco, you are a true inspiration to everyone. I work with Barbara and I know how much everyone loves you and is so proud of you. You are a true gift to all who have the honor of knowing you. You inspire me every time Barbara and I talk. I know it will be a battle, but you and your family will prevail. I wish you the best of luck on this upcoming school year an will be thinking of you as you continue on your journey. Warm Regards, Brian

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  4. Anne Flaxman says:

    BRAVO COCO!!!

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