NOVEMBER 25, 2003GIVING THANKS TO THOSE WHO LOVE AND SERVE OUR CHILDREN
While we continue to fight to preserve the rights of children with disabilities during this IDEA reauthorization, there are local heroes who just seem to naturally protect our children’s rights each and every day. This page is dedicated to those incredible people.
We want to thank school staff members who share their selfless capacity to genuinely care for our students. It is because you that many parents are able to embody the gift of true vision. The vision of what a good school day can look like for our children. The vision of what professionalism really represents in practice. The vision of what an outstanding school experience can be when adults open their hearts wide and freely explore educational possibilities in different ways with our children. You know who you are. You are the ones who love your work, even during the most trying times.
We want to thank our local vendors, restaurants, libraries, shopping centers, fitness centers, and other businesses for turning their initial stares and glares, so obviously directed at our children, into repeated smiles, laughter, and friendly chats that are something to look forward to. You make us feel like real neighbors when you do that with our children. We feel like a bigger part of the community because of it.
We want to thank our legislators and their staff. We enjoy talking to the ones who pick up the phone and welcome our calls and e-mail messages. (Sometimes we even get one or more initiated by you!) It is a treat to chat with someone willing to learn and understand what our lives represent to our children and to us. We are proud that you are working to represent all of America’s people.
Lastly, we want to thank our family and friends who have supported us on our journeys with our children. We appreciate your love. We cherish each moment that you play with our children. We appreciate your willingness to understand why we (the nice people that we typically are) can be militant when our children need us to be. We feel safe laughing and crying with you.
What would we do without all of you? We are so very grateful.
Calvin and Tricia Luker