Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A special day for Johnny J

Monday started quite normally for Johnny J: an onslaught of medications (AIDS meds, vitamins etc)...


...some breakfast...


...adjusting his pants and shirt to fit his skinny arms and legs...


...nannies working on the finishing touches...


...a little walk with Cha-Cha and Kez...


...and the seemingly normal morning ended very unnormally like this!


It was Johnny's first day at school!

He wasn't the only one of Dorothy's kids to go. Mich, Rosa, and Claudine all had their first days of school ever on Monday too. Cha-Cha started last year at an English-speaking school run by our friend and neighbor, Dottie, called TLC Barefoot School (where my roommate Dannae used to teach), so he has already completed a year of school and has been back in class since August. All the Haitian schools open this week or next. With the 3 months of school lost after the earthquake, schools ran through most of the summer, so the government called for a later school opening date to allow time for national exams durin the vacation.




I got to meet Johnny's teacher and explain to her a little about his living situation and about his hearing and speech problems due to his recurrent ear infections. I did not tell her that he is HIV positive; there is far too much stigma attached to that diagnosis. Hopefully she will be patient with him and hopefully he won't be too shy to speak. All in all, he was a real trooper and didn't even whimper when I said good-bye and walked out. I am so proud of my little boy!

4 comments:

Mama-Beth said...

How far he has come! Those are just the sweetest photos in the world of an historic moment in his life -- and yours!!

Lauren said...

YAYYYYYY!!!!! i can only imagine how proud you are of all those kids :)

Dannae said...

They all look so grown up especially Johnny and Claudine... I can't believe how big they are!

solagratiasolafide said...

Hi Kez, thank you so much for sharing the pictures of Johnny J. He looks so good. :) I'm so happy that God has seen fit to let him grow.