14.1.08

A leap ...

It all started from scratch. My first lesson to Chris was all about reading. When my only goal was for him to at least know how to read which is the very basic of education.The following year,his father asked me to have him learn more than his reading lesson by teaching him the basic survival skills.That time,in my mind was a big question mark on how can I ever fulfill that.I have no background on how to teach a special child esp. with regards to SPED or Special Education. And so I invented my own curriculum, made my very own unique lesson planning but still in my mind is a big question mark on how I can make things possible for Chris.

I have already shared here how tedious it has become for us the shoe-lacing session. His mood would really shift like already wanting to give up the entire tutorial session. It was tough. And I even cried out of empathy. If I were him, I wonder if I would react the same way or would I be violent because it's really hard!Sometimes I would forget that he is a special child that I would really impose him the responsibility to really learn the lesson and would even have my voice raised though unconsciously.I swear, there were couple of times when I felt quitting for I can no longer bear the thought of seeing him having a hard time on ordinary task. He has become a part of me. I have learned to understand and appreciate even more the gift of God to mankind which is love and concern for humanity through Chris. But still at the end of our struggle during the learning process, his smile, innocence and sweetness ease away my tension. Chris' simple gestures of kindness always makes me wanna go on and have the positive outlook even when things seem vague and clueless.


But I guess its really true that God make things beautiful, purposeful and fruitful in His time. After all the trying times that Chris and I hurdled together, I now see the fruit of this endeavor. Chris is now a learned individual. He can now go to malls and groceries by himself and buy the stuff that I would ask him to. At first, I was hesitant to let go of him in this very challenging task. But he has to learn. And learning for him means being able to do things his way without depending to other people- it is really a matter of survival.This is the most challenging job for me and a task for Chris because ever since he was a kid he was never out of his family's sight..when someone would always take a look of him wherever he goes. I swear my heart would beat so fast when it would take him longer to be back home when I would give him a task out in the field....but my prayer for his safety is firm. And I'm surprised to have realized that he'd been quick to learn this time. Aside from being able to go out alone, he can prepare his own food, he can count and identify better on money, he can already read sentences even better and most of all he can now tie his shoes almost perfectly.The school year is not yet finished but I am glad that he has almost finished my planned curriculum for him. Maybe by end of this school year,Chris can already have his back to school formal education...because I promised myself that he'll learn before I go into another new phase of my chosen career . Congrats Chris!!! You are always in my heart.

Truly, patience is a virtue. Not actually that of the patience I have for him but more importantly it's Chris patience to learn things for himself. And that in everything, just give your heart in all you do and God crowns your effort with a truly happy face of success!:0)

And so in our every journey...just keep going...for there is truly a promise waiting to come true.

6 comments:

Gladys said...

Heartwarming...thanks for posting tya.

I miss you and Chris and you are such a nice person ..with a big heart..

feyma said...

Hi Eves- That truly is a good description you just did for Chris. It brought tears to my eyes the accomplishments that you guys did in 2007. I know you love him a lot too. I really appreciate and admired what you have done for him. You really did a great job. You should be really proud of yourself because we are really proud of you. You are a big help and a big part of the life of Chris. He adores you very much. I know sometimes he has his moments but honestly he does loves you a lot. We can't thank you enough of what you have done in helping him.

Again Eves we really THANK YOU for everything and we love you too. More power to you, and God bless you always!!!

krystyna said...

Hi Ev!
I was very touched reading this post. I love kids,
and I admired such great, sensible teacher as you are.
I know that this job is not easy.
This job needs heart. And you did it!
God bless you and your lovely Chris!

Mari said...

I admire you and people like you who have so much patience teaching and leading our young people. May there be more like you.

Here's a pat on your shoulder.

mari

ghee said...

I do agree,Ev,patience is a virtue.

it is your achievement to see him grow :) keep up the good work!

i think you are ready to have a baby of your own,hehe.. ;)

TGIF!Enjoy this day!

ghee

ev said...

Gladz,

I miss you tya...gimingaw nako sa atong bonding...kanus-a man ka muuli?!;0)


Mam Feym,

I thank you for all the trust. I know things wouldn't be possible too if not for your continued support to Chris' development. You're family is already a family to me. If ever that I am fulfilled person ..know that the kids took part of it. And I thank you and Sir Bob for all the trust that you gave me. I know i still have a long way to go..but we know that God never fails.;0)

Krys,

Your presence never failed to make me smile. Thanks for being a woman of compassion. Speed on!

Mari,
I guess the saying that goes " it is only through patience that we remain truly human." is true. Thanks for that pat! I feel it...

Ghee,
Maybe when I find the right person..and get the chance na magka baby..I would probably be even a very good mom. Thanks for that spirit my friend!;0p.. I miss u..