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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Who am I?

It is Evening Under the Stars, the annual celebration of art and music at my kids’ school.
I walk into Jack’s classroom, and I am told, “Look at all the portraits on walls. Then, guess which one is mine.” 
I scan the room. I look at the drawings. I glance quickly at the handwritten text beneath the drawings, not long enough to read any descriptions. 
I instantly recognize Jack’s handwriting, and without reading, I know which portrait is his. I confirm my guess when I look up at the drawing and notice Jack’s trademark “upside-down question mark” nose.
“This one is yours!” I say.
Jack beams. “How did you know?” he asks, as I read his description.
“Because I know you that well and I recognize your handwriting,” I say with a smile while tousling his hair.
• • • • • • • • • • • • 
Between you and me, let’s be honest here. 
Yes, the handwriting and the upside-down question mark nose instantly gave it away, but I had to laugh. 
You think something else might have given it away? 
My son is a smart cookie, often scary smart, but as he would say to me, DUH!
Out of more than 100 students in the second grade at his school, there is only one — Got that? Only ONE! — who fits this description: “I am a 2nd grade student with diabetes...”
Actually, out of more than 1000 students in the entire school, he is the ONLY ONE with diabetes.
How could I not have known which was his? 
Too funny!
Not only did Jack humor me, but he delighted me as well with the second part of the sentence: “...and I enjoy my life even if I have diabetes.” 
Love that! 
Love my funny boy!
(And, just so you know, he also pleased me with: “I am a person who loves tennis.”) 


Joanne said...

So sweet! Love the portrait and his caption!

Michelle said...

Love this! Love the upside down question mark nose...cute!
Charlotte is the only one at her school also...last year there were three others, but she was the only one during her Pre-K, K and now 2nd grade.

Andrea said...

Adorable!! Enjoys life even if I have diabetes...beautiful and sad at the same time. But also a nod to you Mom!!! Great job!

For 2 years, my son was the only student with diabetes. Then he was 1 of 3 and then back to solo. This will keep flip flopping (heaven forbid there are more diagnosed) until high school! He prefers the group!!

Stephanie said...

That is adorable! Love 2nd graders. :)

sky0138 said...

i LOVE kids artwork! and I LOVE the question mark nose...:o) So cute!

Reyna said...

I may have to "borrow" his technique on the nose! That is great. that he doesn't let "D" hold him back. xoxo

Scully said...

I enjoy MY life TOO even if I have diabetes!

Roselady said...

It's great to see how they perceive themselves -- and what they think is interesting about themselves and sets them apart. Embrace what you've got! Happy post!

Lorraine of "This is Caleb..." said...

Love his nose. What a sweetie. I'm glad he was a bit oblivious to the D thing. Makes it seem less of a big deal. :)

Sarah said...

I love the the ? mark nose :) Your Jack can come here and play tennis with me and my boys any day, although he may run me all over the court as it's been a while since I really got to play :)

my sweet girl said...

Very Cute!!!
I don't wish D on anyone, but I do wish Skyler had someone else in school dealing with the same stuff.

Amy said...

I love his big smile!

busymom said...

How Adorable!!! He's a great artist-I love that big toothy smile! : ) and he's good at tennis. : ) THis is one to save : ) Hugs! Holly

Valerie said...

Love his perspective! :)

Denise said...

love all of this!!

Liz said...

He is so precious!!!

Wendy said...

What an awesome self-portrait.

It's that gleaming smile that gave it away, for sure :)