It’s Tuesday and I’d like to share what I have been reading. I received an email from the parent of a student my now 20 year old son went to school with K-5. She was letting friends know that a book had just been published about her son titled Just Elliot. I immediately hit the link and ordered the book from Amazon. (It’s just a little to easy to do that but I was grateful in this instance!) While I waited for my copy to arrive, I did some searching about how the book came to be. I found this beautiful blog written by Elliot’s mom. As I read her story, I was taken back to when we first met their family, when our boys were in 1st grade together. At the time, the students surrounding Elliot did what many young children do – they accepted Elliot for who he was. Probably not all of them, but from my memory, Elliot truly was Just Elliot to most of the students in his class.
I was warned the I might cry when I read the book. I knew I would but when I did read the book I understood why I had been forewarned. The character who is Elliot’s best friend is named after my son, my now college freshman. I cried for Elliot and how many will not have the opportunity to know him because of the predeterminations they will make of him. I cried for students in my class who will be prejudged by their behavior and not for who they are. I cried for all those years of motherhood, hoping that I was raising kind children and finding out that maybe I did do something right. Or maybe that’s just the way my son is. He would have accepted Elliot because that is Just Sam.