If there is a good part about moving, it’s this: Finding lost treasures as you sort through, throw away, pack up.
I was actually going to get Ace’s birth certificate (to renew his passport) when I saw a plastic bag overflowing with papers.
Well, I thought, I might as well go through this mess and get rid of whatever junk I can. There’s no point in bringing it to the new place.
I got to work – And along with a trash can full of stuff that I threw away, I also found a CD of pictures from my bestie’s wedding. They’re about to celebrate their 14th anniversary so: a) Pictures on disc were a thing back then and b) I was skinny and there are pictures of me in a bikini in which I don’t look half bad (if I do say so myself).
I found lots of evaluation paperwork and school reports from when Jay was 4 to 6 years old. Back then, he was still getting “N” – Not Yet Mastered – in areas like “Writes Recognizable Letters” and “Counts from 1 – 20” and “Names Shapes” and “Identifies Body Parts”.
There were also communication logs from one of his stints in a social skills therapy group.
“Jay was calm upon coming to the office but resists being guided. He has begun to follow my finger pointing.” Oct 2, 2012
“Jay is very easily distracted and has difficulty regulating and getting into engagement. He responds to his inner sensations and not outside relationships. He is now tolerating spinning on the board and being pushed on the swing a lot better. He did some cutting and played with putty.” Oct 9, 2012
Oh sweet boy, you’ve worked so hard and I am so impressed with where you are today. You had to learn how to tolerate spinning and swinging? Now you beg us to take you to the “big amusement park” so you can get on the big roller coaster. I can’t wait to see what 4th grade will bring. I’m not nervous at all. Just excited. Amazing right?
Then there were the folders from Ace’s 1st and 2nd grade classrooms with his work in them.
In first grade, the kids were encouraged to keep a diary and write down at least one thing each day.
Oct 12, 2012 – My babae brin a pumpkin.
(I have no idea who babae is. Wish I did.)
Oct 15, 2012 – why can we have a outside lunch or an art lunch. Why!
Oct 18, 1012 – I,m gowen to korf my pumpkin.
Jan 15, 2013 – I have a Bumbol Bee Transformr. I have a lagow areplan.
Mar 13, 2013 – I am gowing to get a bowinaroo. I am going to the srkis.
June 20, 2013 – I can welcome new neighbors by saiding hellow. I will might discover that they frendly.
Then on the first day of second grade there was this letter.
Dear 2nd Grade teacher,
Hi I am Ace.
I am exsidid.
I am looking forward to have fun.
What dos 2nd grade look like.
Now he’s about to start middle school and in case anyone was wondering, his spelling has come a LONG way 🙂
Moving is a pain in the butt, but going through all these papers was actually fun.