The time has come (all too quickly it seems), and the Butterfly is raring and ready to go. Hard to believe that our little baby girl is now ready to start Kindergarten.
She is growing so quickly and has turned into quite an independent spirit in the last few years. I love that she fiercely sticks up for what she "thinks" is right and doesn't let people walk all over her. However, as her mom, trying to parent this head-strong little girl, I have definitely earned a few gray hairs!
Despite her maverick personality, Mommy is a little worried about her new adventure. There are so many what-ifs and possibilities for what could happen, and of course my mind wanders toward the negative stories I have heard about from other mothers (there are also amazing stories I hear as well). She will be starting a new school and meeting many new people who do not know anything about her. They don't know why her hand is different. They don't know that she was born this way. They don't know (yet) that she doesn't need extra help and she will get rather frustrated if you don't let he do things for herself. They do not know that she can do anything she sets her heart and mind to. They also don't know that she is just a normal kid who does normal things. She is just like other kids, each unique in their own way, but also just the same. They just don't know her yet.
So, her daddy and I decided to create a book about her that we plan to share with her class on the first day of school. This book should take away any stigma about her hand and open the door to a conversation with the students, teachers, and parents that our little girl can do anything and everything her classmates can do... and more! Nothing stops her.
Here is the book: