(11A/13) September 2018 was the start of a new chapter for Gabriel. We had registered him for school the year before, but during the summer disclosed his recent diagnosis. The school strongly recommended we secure a shadow teacher for him, before the beginning of the term, to provide behavioural support should he have an outburst or meltdown and to promote learning by him having dedicated attention. Having seen the positive impact the existing support network had on Gabriel’s development, it made sense to provide him with the recommended assistance for the time he would be at school.
Locking in a shadow teacher was challenging. We didn’t have much time before the beginning of the school year, and we needed to find someone who we felt comfortable with and who was a good match for Gabriel. We received a recommendation from Gabriel’s occupational therapist and engaged a few options. We instantly warmed to the shadow teacher and although we would have preferred her to be a bit firmer, she was mature and took her role seriously.
We were sure the addition of the shadow teacher would be helpful for Gabriel. But, as any parent knows, your child starting at school can be a stressful experience…
Piecing together a life once lived.
Speculations abound of what's next and what is.
Letting go of an ego as I go and we go
Down roads and through woods
The darker the brighter
The brighter the darker
One hand in mine
The other the lighter
Held high and ran low
Burning it's last flicker
Turning over loose stones
Exposing the sicker
Decay of the flesh
Bones kissing air
We stop to acknowledge
We don't stop to stare
A finger grazes the spot
Where the skin used to be
The flame, it dies out
And we're able to see
What once was, what was us,
What we're striving to be
And never have we ever
Taken a breath so sweet
As that last final gasp
And grasp of reality as we knew it to be
I had a couple minutes in November to make this straw-coloured fruit bat skeleton out of apples that would then be fed to straw-coloured fruit bats.
I think I wrote 3 poems and one story in the past month to go along with this picture but never posted them. Each one was very different from the others. One was the story of a bat trying to stand apart from the rest. Another was a really bad rap about living life to the fullest that I just went back and read and it made me laugh at how terrible it is. "Life's a bottle, spin it" was a line... I love writing, but reading it is often like looking back at pictures of yourself with bad haircuts and outdated clothes and thinking "what was I thinking?" Thanks for viewing and reading though. It's therapeutic to release this junk out into the world. You should try it. Bad poetry is better than no poetry.
... KARENA AKU BUKAN ORANG BAIK
Ketika temen-temen bertanya, apa yg membuatku semangat dakwah, apa yg membuatku tetap semangat? Itulah jawabnya. Karena aku bukan orang yg jalan hidupnya langsung alim, baik, bersih
Aku pernah melalui jalan gelap, kotor, bermaksiat, tersebab menjauhi cahaya. Hidup gamang penuh ketakutan. Sok enjoy, tapi sebenernya ga tenang
Suatu saat, aku tesadar akan kemana perjalanan hidup ini berujung. Aku takut tak bisa pulang dg selamat, binasa dalam penyesalan, tersiksa dalam keabadian
Aku yg perlu hijrah. Karena aku bukan orang suci. Aku ahli maksiat yg butuh bertobat
Aku yg perlu Islam. Karena aku ingin pulang dalam keadaan selamat dan bahagia selamanya
Aku yg butuh dakwah. Karena dosaku bertumpuk, sementara amal pribadiku belum tentu cukup
Sholatku, puasaku, sedekahku belum tentu Allah terima. Namun Allah Maha Penyayang memberi kesempatan hamba-Nya yg hina meraih pahala berlipat ganda, dg meniti jalan dakwah Rasulullah nan mulia
“Barangsiapa yang menunjuki kepada kebaikan maka dia akan mendapatkan pahala seperti pahala orang yang mengerjakannya” (HR. Muslim)
Aku semangat, karena aku sadar aku bukan orang baik. Aku yg butuh, untuk tidak hanya membaikkan diriku sendiri, tapi yuk kita baik sama-sama 🤗
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Tidaklah kamu melihat bahwa Allah mengarak awan, kemudian mengumpulkan antara (bagian-bagian)nya, kemudian menjadikannya bertindih-tindih, maka kelihatanlah olehmu hujan keluar dari celah-celahnya...dan Allah (juga) menurunkan (butiran-butiran) es dari langit, (yaitu) dari (gumpalan-gumpalan awan seperti) gunung-gunung, maka ditimpakan-Nya (butiran-butiran) es itu kepada siapa yang dikehendaki-Nya dan dipalingkan-Nya dari siapa yang dikehendaki-Nya. Kilauan kilat awan itu hampir-hampir menghilangkan penglihatan.[Al-Qur'an Surah An Nuur(24): 43]
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