PERSONAL STORY BY CORI LEVINSON
FIRST DAY FEARS
HOPES OF INCLUSION AND KINDNESS FOR RICKI Ricki’s first day of school is a hard day, for him and for his parents. Ricki has CP. His mother, Cori Levinson, has hope. She has hope for inclusion and kindness to greet her son each day, as she validates his many feelings along the way.
Let’s be honest, not every 1st day of school pic is sunshine and rainbows…
1st day of school and drop-off everyday after is not fun...for Ricki or us. Even after weeks of prep and assurance, the separation anxiety is overwhelmingly scary.
The important thing to remember is emotions, good or bad, are meant to be felt. Instead of telling Ricki he was fine and not to cry or be scared, we honor his feelings and try to give him things to look forward to so it isn’t as scary. The good news is he settles down once he’s in and typically has a good time.
We are so proud of him and are thrilled he will be accompanied by 11 other peers this year - some new, others familiar friends from last year. We pray for Ricki to find true belonging, that inclusion means more than proximity, to be kind and find kindness, to try new things, to advocate for himself, and shine bright like he always does!
Even when it’s scary...you got this, kid! ∎
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