This picture right here means more to me than you will ever know! Kierstin sent this to me today from school. Today was Kierstin’s first day at her new school. A month or so ago Kierstin’s dad and I made the decision to take Kierstin out of her current school. She had been struggling with certain issues there, feeling like she didn’t it in, finding it very hard to find any sort of “real” friendship. Being picked on and made fun of for her hearing loss. It got so bad she even ate lunch in the bathroom on a couple of occasions by herself just to avoid the “mean girls” as she would call them. As a parent this breaks your heart to hear. I could see my little girls smile fading away and seeing her start doubting herself because of the mean words others were saying. As a parent you sit back and think, what did she ever do to deserve this? Kierstin is the most kind, caring, and compassionate little girls you will ever meet. She’s beautiful on the inside and out. I understand I can’t make kids like her or befriend her. But, when you see the words of others start affecting your child, that’s when enough is enough. I made a promise to her that I would NEVER force her to continue to go if she was unhappy. Her dad and I lived up to that promise and took action into our own hands and did what is best for her. I’m so thankful that Adam Sechrist and I have always listened to her and we are so lucky that she trusts in us to come to us and feels that she can tell us anything! If she wouldn’t have come to us who knows how far this would have gone. Bullying is not ok in any form or fashion. You never want to think that it could be your child.
This picture right here is a real smile! It’s the first real smile I’ve seen from her in a long time, a true genuine smile! Her face screams happiness and as a mom, well that just makes me the happiest person in the world.