After only a few weeks at her new school, Amy's musical talent has at last been recognised and she has been chosen to play the piano in the school Christmas play. I am ecstatic with pride because this is something I've felt she has been capable of doing for a long time. She's been having piano lessons for four years now and is incredibly good at it considering she's only eleven. She's never taken exams but that doesn't matter; her ability to play-by-ear has astounded many people and now it seems, has impressed her music teacher, too. I hate to say it but for the two years she spent in mainstream middle school, it seemed her talent wasn't really taken seriously. Apart from her support worker being immensely proud and wanting to encourage her to play for an audience, I was a little bit disappointed when she never got chosen to play solo or even sing on the stage. She was only ever involved in the choir where she would stand at the back, tower over the rest of the kids and look pretty. Her beautiful voice would be shadowed by forty other children.
I'm her mum and I'm biased. But I also know a great voice when I hear one and Amy is one outstanding vocalist. And so it was also with great pride that she told me her and two other girls had been singing in front of the whole school yesterday, on the stage in the main hall. This would have been a massive deal for her and she did admit to feeling nervous. But boy, am I proud. She has been capable of doing this for a few years yet has never been given the opportunity to shine. I will always ask the question why, perhaps I'll never find the answers but naturally I have some of my own. I understand that staff at her other schools were concerned she wouldn't perform on the "night", but they never gave her the chance to prove them wrong. Special school however, has given her that chance and she's made me the proudest mum in the whole wide world not only because of her ability to shine but because this transition is turning out to be one of the best moves I've ever instigated.