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  1. Diane Mueller
    August 27, 2018 @ 11:18 am

    Find her number and call her. It will mean the world to her!

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  2. GP
    August 27, 2018 @ 4:19 pm

    “He got the chance to be who he is, instead of who you are.” How beautiful and profound. I feel the same about my teenage daughter who just started 9th grade. She started at her small therapeutic school 2 years ago, and in many ways, Jack’s experience seems to mirror hers. I am so happy that you were able to make it possible for him to find a place where he can learn and grow peacefully. And yes, please let the lady who suggested the change know what a difference she made! It may be important for her to hear that. I am sure the school would not mind helping you mail a thank you note to her. Sometimes, these things matter so much more than we think. Wishing you all the best and congratulations to Jack on starting high school!

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  3. SH
    August 27, 2018 @ 4:56 pm

    Carrie, My son is about to begin sixth grade at the same school that Jack goes to. Following your blog has been so helpful for me and allows me to get a glimpse into what challenges might lie ahead as my son gets older. I appreciate your honesty and openness so much. Your posts make me laugh, cry and feel relief that someone else out there understands the craziness and challenges as well as the joy these kids bring to our lives. s

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  4. sagemtnmom
    August 28, 2018 @ 10:29 am

    Carrie because you made the difficult but necessary choice to send Jack to a place where he can be himself, he will thrive and reach the fullest potential of JACK. In public schools, so many of us try the very best we can to help create a safe space for kids like Jack; from teachers, assistants, counselors and yes even a handful of very compassionate students. Sometimes that space is just not enough. I have spent the past two years trying to help a young man through two very hard years of high school. As the situation spiraled more and more beyond our (and his) control it became terrifying- for the staff, students and for him. His family fought against the inevitable which only made the situation worse. In the end the situation was -to use the official terminology–“resolved” (much as your previous post “Three Days Gone” described). I wanted you to know finding your blog, reading your heartfelt struggles and insights on accepting Jack helped many of us get through those two years, which were for me the biggest challenge I have faced in 19 years working as a special ed assistant. Thank you. I look forward to hearing more of Jack’s adventures in being JACK .

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