I just have to share how much FUN the book signing was in Louisville! A bunch of my old students, who are now grown-up teachers, came and brought some other teacher friends of theirs. I felt a little like a rock star, a little like an old lady teacher and a lot like someone who knows why I went into education- teachers make the nicest friends!
I also met a couple who were grandparents of a child with autism and they were full of questions- really interesting questions. I was amused when I realized that the man and I had taught together at Bellarmine University! I was touched when I realized they were “professor-grandparents”- interpreting with a similar process that I used when I was going through the diagnosis and treatment with Elizabeth, but the emotions and passion of grandparents. It was nice to recognize each other- and not just through work. We recognized the “oughtism” that happens when you realize something and think “I’m a teacher. I OUGHT to have known/been able to find/realized/learned… ____”. They are very different- teaching and parenting- and grandparenting. We’re all searching- and all finding our own way. I realized early on that being a professor of teachers didn’t “help” me at all as a parent (although, interestingly enough, being a parent DOES help me in teaching)- but it did help me interpret the language of what I found out. It was nice to meet another searcher who also understood the language, but not the path.
And best of all, the Summit Barnes and Noble was doing a fundraiser that night for a preschool that specialized in serving children with autism. It was the night of April 1- the Light it Up Blue night when the tower in Miami, Toronto’s CN Tower and the Empire State Building were all lit up in blue. I wore my blue shirt and skirt and celebrated the fight for awareness with my friends.
Quite a moment of awareness….