Please forgive my absence
I was engaged in a fierce but worthy battle
A battle to free Nicholas from an unhealthy school environment.
After many fiery discussions with
the SPED coordinator,
the SPED director
the superintendent of schools
the Massachusetts State Board of Education.
Nicholas is OUT of our local public school.
I DID IT
I found the courage
to stand up to:
lies and deceipt
To provide my son with
his indisputable right to an appropriate education.
the entire SPED department of our local school
has either resigned or been terminated.
A new director has been hired.
The 6th one so far
But hopefully a very good one, this time
While I feel the thrill of a rewarding victory
From a battle hard-fought and won.
I am fatigued from the physical demand of constant combat.
I feel a mixture of emotion
There is Joy
Joy, that my son will finally receive the environment, peers and community
he so humbly and righteously deserves.
But also there is a sense of loneliness
A feeling of having weathered an evil that takes its toll on the soul
Of enduring an undescribable hardship
that separates you from those whom you love
It is like trying to break free from the familiarity of a dark, deadly forest,
wrought with danger and difficulty
Scratched and wounded.
I summon an unknown strength from within
to free myself
from the last tangled and thorny thicket.
I tumble to the earth
by a powerful sunshine
that burns my pale skin.
I am released.
But relinquishing a sword that has served me well
does not provide me with comfort.
I must abandon the warrior spirit,
adopt a peaceful persona,
welcome the new road
that brilliantly beckons
A rejuvenating pathway
that feels familiar and welcoming
I must reacquaint myself with the warmth of the sun
breathe in the air
of a healthy new freedom
for Nicholas and me.