Monday, February 18, 2013

I am NOT Special Ed

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?"  Luke 6:41

Several times over the last years Taylor has come home telling us about the fun times she's had in the "Special Ed Room."  She's had several group sessions for Occupational Therapy and Adaptive P.E. in this classroom of several moderate to severe autistic children and others with communicative handicaps.  They are awesome kids!!!

We've asked more recently if Taylor realizes she is "special ed."  We explained what it means and that many children are labeled special education because of their special needs.  Taylor was adimant that she is NOT special ed.  It's been comical in many ways because it is just so obvious to everyone else that she truly is special ed if there ever be a kid in that category! 

This past weekend we had our dear friends over for dinner.  Their daughter Hanna is Taylor's best friend and had the same kind of negative reaction when she overheard other students pointing out that Taylor is "Special Ed."  Apparently, the negative stigma is pretty heavy! 

Then I started thinking about the whole "plank idea."  How many times do I miss the obvious in my own life because I am so concerned about others?  I really do want to own up to my own faults and shortcomings to see God change me from the inside out.  I love being "Special Ed!"