"Book Buddies” is a program in my children’s school where older kids get paired up with younger kids and they spend time each week reading together. Lila is in kindergarten, Caleb is in 2nd grade and Colin is in 5th. Lila’s class is paired with a 4th grade class, which to her delight includes a certain love interest of hers, though she is not paired with him as boys are matched with boys and girls with girls.
Caleb knew his class was pairing with a 5th grade class and was disappointed to learn it wouldn’t be with his brother’s. Oh well.
It had been a more challenging than normal D week at school. I stopped by on Friday to pick up something PTO related, and bumped into the school nurse, Mrs. M. She did as she normally does – talked to me about Caleb’s day, encouraged me, told me how well he handles things – she’s such a blessing. She went on to tell me that something very exciting happened earlier in the day, but she wanted to let Caleb tell me. She described how absolutely ecstatic he was, describing his smile and elation. Whatever is was, it was big news, because she couldn’t say enough about how thrilled Caleb was. She let me guess and somehow I got close enough to force her to reveal the news. It brought me to tears. I’ll let Caleb tell you:
After a fews days of emotional lows, this was a particularly poignant high. The moments when diabetes actually makes Caleb happy, and to this depth of happiness, are few. I cannot thank Caleb’s and David’s teachers enough for seeing this opportunity, seizing it and making this “Buddy” change. This will be one of those moments that I know will stick with me, and I’m pretty sure with Caleb as well.
As far as being disappointed about not being paired with his big brother, well that’s completely forgotten. He can read with Colin any old day.