Adriana’s preschool teacher, Teacher Mary, sent her a surprise note this week – Adri’s first week at her new kindergarten.
“It’s your time to shine,” she wrote.
Adri’s preschool teachers know Adri’s capacity for learning.
Her strong personality and will.
Adri’s new kindergarten teachers have only had a couple of days to get to know her.
But I suspect they’re getting a sense of how bright and capable she is — despite her physical limitations.
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) doesn’t affect the mind.
It’s a curse. A cruel condition to place a child in.
Amazing intellect paired with physical weakness.
But in a way, it can be a blessing.
Unknowingly, Adri is teaching kids, right along with her teachers.
Teaching them that physical disabilities don’t make you less of a person.
Instead, they happen to the strongest of persons.
And, they bring out the best in every person.
The best in Adri’s new classmates who will grow and learn with her………..and become her friends.
Friends who don’t see a disability, but a human being.
A person who, at times, needs help but who can also help others.
They call SMA a life-limiting illness.
But right now, as Adri begins a new kindergarten journey, in a new school with big brother Santiago just a few classrooms down the hall – there are no limits.
And the hope that every child has………..that every tomorrow is better and more fun than the yesterday that’s gone.
We love you, Adri and Santi!
It is indeed time to shine!