Sunday, September 15, 2013
Man Walks Tortoise and More About Myself
Hello everyone! A very warm welcome to you all! The video I have chosen for this post is a short, two minute clip of a man who walks his tortoise through the streets of New York. Enjoy! :)
I shared some things about myself in a post last Monday. For those of you who may not have seen this post, I am providing the link, as this post will make more sense to you if you have seen that post first. Monday's Post
I mentioned in that post that I was put in a special class for slow learners when I was in grade 2. I was in such a class right up until grade 9 in high school until I fought and worked hard to get myself back into the regular classes! It wasn't easy, but I am very grateful that I did it.
Some have asked me if I am angry or bitter for having been put in such a class. Well, I am not at all! See, it helped me to be more sensitive to others who are disabled and who have mental illness. Being in a special class does not classify one as having a mental illness, but one who has difficulty learning or one who learns at a slower or different capacity than the average individual. I am just a deep thinker and one who likes to take my time to make important decisions that will affect my present and future, and I am pretty certain that the teacher who put me in the special class just didn't understand me as an individual and my way of thinking and doing things. When I do a job I am very thorough, so a job well done is more important to me than how quickly it is done!
I used to teach a Sunday school class about 28 years ago, and I taught the 4, 5 and 6 year olds. They are a great age to teach, as they are curious and avid learners. On one particular day I was going to have an autistic boy in my class. He was 9, but his learning level was younger. I had heard that this boy would go into a fetal position under the table in other classes, and I will admit that I was a little uncomfortable with having him in my class as I wasn't sure I was able to teach him. Nonetheless, I said a prayer for him before the class and for myself, too, that I would be able to reach out to him and gain his confidence. I was very (and happily) surprised that not only did this boy NOT go into a fetal position, but he sat in the class and listened intently to everything I was saying, and he even asked questions!!! It touched me deeply that I was able to reach him and I really feel that having been in a special class myself made me able to understand his fears, etc., and thus he realized this and knew that I would not judge him; I was just there to help him. After this class, his mother was so happy with his progress that she asked me if I would take him into my class every Sunday...I did just that. After several months this autistic boy was able to help me in my class, and gladly did so! He and I formed a great bond and I will always cherish the opportunity I had to get to know such a wonderful person.
The photos I am sharing today are ones that I took on a recent walk. You just need to click on the images to see a larger view.
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