Happy Graduation Day

If you had told me 3 years ago that this girl would graduate from elementary school with her class, I would have told you that you were crazy.
If you had told me that she would not only graduate but do it with only receiving 1 C. That she would be on the academic team for Quick Recall AND Arts and Humanities, I wouldn't have believed you.
But here she is going on to middle school with her friends and rocking at school like there is nothing wrong.
You'd never know looking at this outgoing, intelligent, confident young lady that 3 years ago she came home crying that she was being held back. You can read all about the whole saga in our dyslexia story. Long story short she was not held back.

The kid that walked across the stage today is what happens when amazing teachers see the soul crushing affects of a bad teacher and set out to work with the family to undo the damage. Contrary to the children's saying words can hurt. Words can cripple in a way that far exceeds anything that sticks or stones can do.
I still worry about her and I will for the rest of her life but that's because she is my baby. Not because she is struggling to keep her head above water.


  1. Awww... that's sweet. And awesome! Congratulations to your daughter! I'm so glad things worked out and she was able to get past the issues with the school system and dyslexia. (But mostly the school - they sound like a bunch of idiots.)

  2. So proud of her. To think I've been blogging and following your blog since it all started.
    You're a rock star Em. Also, your dress is really cute and I want it in my size.

  3. Have I really been doing this blog that long? That would explain why I feel as if I have nothing to say most days. I love her dress. I wish it was a little bigger so I could wear it.

  4. Really it was one really terrible teacher. I had told her when she could schedule a meeting with me (she didn't) I had also told her I thought Em's issues were dyslexia (she told me she was lazy) We got it all straightened out when I called a meeting with everyone that had contact with Emmy in a day and told the teacher in front of her principle and vice principle that she was why tenure was a bad idea because she was the worst teacher I had ever encountered. I also felt sorry for any child placed in her class. There was a lot more back and forth with the others in the meeting. They listened to me and didn't hold her back and after she was tested and found severely dyslexic. All it took was specific tutoring at home and a very understanding and encouraging teacher. In just a year she turned into a completely different child. I swear I wish you could have actually seen it. I am so proud of how hard she has worked.

  5. That is so, so amazing. I had a bad teacher once too and it really did take years to undo the damage.

    Anyway, you must be SO proud of her for all her hard work. That's really fantastic!


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