We just wanted to write a part two to the letter we wrote at the beginning of our nursery journey – our first letter was all about how worried we were about this new milestone Zac was going to achieve, we were terrified at the prospect of leaving him, we were scared of the unknown but at the same time we were so very proud that Zac was going to celebrate a milestone we never thought possible. We’ve made it to the summer holidays, Zac has completed his first year of nursery and our hearts are filled with happiness and pride at all he’s achieved in this first year, so dear nursery there’s a few things we’d like to thank you for:
- Thank you for being Zac’s arms when he can’t reach his paint brush, thank you for holding his glue stick, thank you for helping him draw, thank you for showing him how to make models, thank you for adapting crafts so he can take part, thank you for letting him explore his creative side. This year he’s loved arts and crafts and he’s become a little artist. We didn’t know if we’d ever see first paintings and now our fridge is full of his masterpieces – we couldn’t love them more.
- Thank you for adapting nursery so that Zac can join in with everything – this year Zac has taken part in obstacle courses, sports day, gym, fairy tale day and this just makes us so happy. I know it is hard work for you all, I know you have to do all the running around, I know you have to do extra preparations, I know sometimes you’d rather have an easy day but seeing my boy with his sports day medal and hearing him tell the rest of the family that he was “racing” with everyone else means the world to us!
- Thank you for reassuring me – thanks for all the wee updates, the posts in his learning journal, the wee chats at the end of the session just so I know he’s been okay! Thanks for all the research you have done so that you understand his condition, thanks for supporting all we do to raise awareness of SMA and thanks for being an advocate to make sure he has all he needs.
- Thank you for accepting Zac for who he is, thank you for helping him make wee friends, thank you for including him in all the group times, thank you for showing the other kids that Zac likes to have fun like everyone else. Thank you for letting him talk and make up his wee stories, thank you for seeing him as the fun, cheeky, nonsense loving boy that he is.
So nursery, what a first year Zac has had – we made it through with no major hospital stays, we made it through with minimal drama, we made it through this new journey as a team. You have been a fab team to work with; you have all taken care of our boy and made his first year at nursery the most fun it can be. You have accepted him, included him, looked after him and loved him and for that we can’t thank you enough! Here’s to a lovely summer break for all of you – lots of relaxing and spending time with your own families. We look forward to year 2 of nursery and the new milestones Zac will achieve!!
Love Zac’s very grateful mummy x