For Staff Appreciation Week at school, we were asked to have our kids write something along the lines of "I like my teachers because (fill in the blank)". I decided to get ambitious and have Audrey complete one for each teacher and aide:
"I like Kristi because she plays with you." So far so good.
"I like Jarret because he plays the guitar." Excellent!
"I like Yvonne because she plays with you." OK, running out of ideas, but I can't argue with it.
"I like Aimee because she throws you in the sewer." OK, all done. Wait...WHAT?
My surprise lasted only a nanosecond, as I immediately realized that this must have to do with Audrey's aforementioned sewer obsession. Luckily I know Audrey (and the school) so well that it didn't even enter my mind that she might be referring to an exceedingly harsh form of timeout. I was surprised, however, that I didn't get a reaction when I sent her little tribute on to school. A few days later, I was on the phone with the teacher about another issue and couldn't help but bring it up. She laughed and said that, yes, this was a little game that Aimee and Audrey played. Audrey likes to throw things down the sewer grate, and Aimee kids her that she's going to throw her down there with the Ninja Turtles.
I'm sure that these teachers have seen it all as far as autistic kids and their fixations. I can't imagine a harder job, and I've always said that you have to be a very special kind of person to work with our kids. So maybe next year I'll go with a Starbucks gift card...or at least a written note from Audrey that is more suitable for her personnel file.