A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The little bird fan club

Last weekend I ran into the mom of the little girl who was Little Bird's BFF in school last year. She told me that in her new kindergarten class (at a different school- sucks), her daughter had drawn a picture of herself and LB and told the class, "this is me playing with my friend {Little Bird}." Oh Em Gee, how adorable!! I love this kid and the fact that she's so comfortable with Little Bird. She seems to see right past her differences. Just amazing. We put a long overdue play date on the calendar.


In other school kid news....
A mom stopped me on my way into the classroom with LB. She said, "I took your book home last weekend!! It was great!" I said, "awesome. Who are you?" She's a mom of another kid in the bird's class. She said, "the book was great! I had no idea... {My kid} talks about LB all the time."


Wait, let me get this straight- the kid talks about the bird all the time but the mom had no idea (that the bird is different form the others)? That means that whatever this little boy has said about my bird "all the time" has never included details about her differences (fingers in the ears, flapping, no talking, etc). Whoa!


I really am so touched that this mom took the home to read with her kid- that she was interested enough or cared enough. She said she really talked about it with her kid, too. This is it, people!!! This is how we're going to create a more caring, compassionate society for different people to live in; it's gotta start with the kids!


Right now I'm feeling pretty proud of my advocacy, but mostly proud of my bird and the difference she's  gonna make already making in the lives of others and the world.


10 comments:

Piscesgirl said...

Well, this is one of the most encouraging posts I have read in quite some time! If only you could check out the bigass smile on my face for you both! Keep all that hard work.

sherri said...

That is so awesome. Sounds like LB is quite popular among her classmates, not surprised.

Heather said...

Yay! I love to hear these positive things- I have a feeling who ever meets your Little Bird falls in love with her :)

tulpen said...

So awesome. I got the cheezy happy chills reading this.

Kids, (when they're not being a holes) can be so cool.

I'm pretty sure Owen would join the fan club. Non talking kids are fine with him. He can't hear kids for shit.

Lynn said...

Don't make me start liking typical kids.

Audrey and I are definitely card-carrying members of the fan club...

sugar magnolia said...

Good job, Dani! Wow! I'm a LB fan too! Seems kids don't notice "differences" the way we think they will. I see the same thing happen with my dd in her inclusion class--she is very well liked, like your LB. I'm glad you ran into that mom!

Dani G said...

You are all awesome. If she ever learns to hold a pencil, I'll send you all autographs!!

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of faith in the next generation. I hope they will finally break through the barrier and appreciate ALL people for themselves. I was taught that when I was a kid... A very, very long time ago. Love both of my birds!!

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of faith in the next generation. I hope they will finally break through the barrier and appreciate ALL people for themselves. I was taught that when I was a kid... A very, very long time ago. Love both of my birds!!

Laura @ The Things I Said I'd Never Do said...

yay!!

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