Earth Day, Evaluations, and Everything Else

I had hopes to celebrate Mother Earth in a more exciting fashion than I did today, but sometimes you just have to go the practical route and remember all the things you do on the regular…

I’ve been on Spring Break/PTO since Friday and have been fortunate enough to spend many of these days with Maya.

Yesterday, we re-organized the toys in her toy space (read: one entire wall of the living room), and are recycling some items she will no longer be using, including some baby socks of hers which had been reused as doll socks.

We had several appointments to go to locally…her weekly appointment at the nearby elementary school for OT in their therapy clinic, joint dentist appointments, and an OT evaluation for a possible exit from special education.  Rather than taking our car, which would have been very “L.A.”, we walked to and from each place, reducing our carbon footprint for at least the last two days.  This also gave us the chance to have mini-races, allowed me to remind Maya about the rules for crossing the street, let us hold hands, and gave us our daily exercise.  In total, we walked nearly 3.75 miles over the course of two days.  A win on all fronts…

Incidentally, she did great at the dentist, intently and patiently watching me while I got my cleaning and being a brave little monkey while she got her cleaning, flossing and had the dentist check her chompers. I’ve also been put on notice for braces.  Apparently, her mouth is “crowded.”  Either way, it’s still cute as you can see below.

June 2013 at the dentist - appears happy, freaked at the cleaning so we had to abandon the mission.
June 2013 at the dentist – appears happy, freaked at the cleaning so we had to abandon the mission.

 

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April 2014, not looking as happy but sucking it up…literally!

I have one final thought for today…seeing her being evaluated at the OT reminded me of something that is often lost on those of us trying to commemorate a holiday like this one, and sadly also many times lost on those of us in education. Sometimes (always) what you do on a specific day, or at a specific time, within certain arbitrary parameters isn’t an accurate summation of who you are or your value.  It’s much better to look at things over the long term…and recognize all of the little wins that you score daily.

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