I don't even know where to begin with this one, but I know I HAD to share this with you. My daughter Rose, is 10 years old, going on 25 (oy!)...This little beauty amazes me with her kind heart, her generous spirit and her ability to empathize with others. Rose is such an amazing gift to anyone and everyone she comes in contact with.
Background - Rose has struggled through school. She has been tested on every level - too smart, not smart enough, ADD, ADHD, dyslexic, any label that is out there - they tested her for it. The conclusion - Rose is Rose. She does what she wants when she wants to and on her own time. Fast forward to 4th grade and our move to new home and new school. She was placed in a classroom with an amazing teacher (thank you Mrs T), in which had Hard of Hearing children. (Note: Rose can hear perfectly...well except for the usual selective hearing issue) She began watching and soaking in the interpreter's "words". Out of nowhere she was signing, all the time. Initially, we thought this was some joke, but she was seriously signing! She began thriving again at school and became fast friends with the hard of hearing students. She's even got the interpreters in awe of her natural gift.
And now on to today at her 5th grade class's Poetry Coffeehouse (minus the coffee - doh!). This video clip is Rose signing her poem while the interpreter reads it. It is HER original poem about what it must be like to be deaf.... (Grab your tissues, friends - I'm still a sappy mess just thinking about it).
She should be so proud of herself...