He did it!
Today was D’s year-end singalong program, the last one he’ll ever have in preschool. When we think back on our preschool experience, you can measure how far D has come based on how he’s performed during the twice-a-year programs they do (one at the holidays and one in May). Three years ago, D just stood dead still on stage like the proverbial fawn in the headlights. Then he progressed to shuffling his feet…a little. We had a breakthrough at the spring program a year ago when he stood along with his class and waved and did the hand motions in a happy way. He basically repeated that performance last December during the holiday program, even though he still didn’t sing.
So, today was our last chance before the end of the year to see whether he’d truly conquered his fear of speaking in public situations. Would he sing? Would he talk? In the spring program, his teacher always asks the pre-K class to get up, one by one, and say their name and what they want to be when they grow up. Knowing this was coming, Eric and I have wondered for months whether D would actually do it when put on the spot, on a stage with all his peers and in front of an auditorium full of parents. Well, I am thrilled to say that he did. It was in a quiet voice, but he said his name audibly. And when his teacher asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up, he said, “Secret spy agent.” Eric and I could not have been more proud.
Two and a half years ago, D’s current teacher (who is the preschool director) said to me, “One day you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.” I couldn’t imagine that then, when my own son wouldn’t even talk to me. But oh, how right she was. I hope other parents of selectively mute children read this and know that the same can be true of your kids as well. I can promise you that one day, you’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.