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.
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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?
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 my funny boy!
(And, just so you know, he also pleased me with: “I am a person who loves tennis.”)