A couple of months ago, my sweet friend Beth asked if Alexis and I might be interested in talking to some 3rd grade classes about Down syndrome for the Everybody Counts program in the Noblesville schools.
I am not a public speaker.
The last time I spoke in public I was a sophomore in college. I gave a demonstration speech for a communications class on how to make Rice Krispie treats. I'm sure the speech was riveting. The Rice Krispie treats however, sucked.
But even though I am not a speaker, I'm always up for showing off any of my kids to an interested audience. Or an audience of 3rd graders who are forced to sit there and listen to me ramble for 45 minutes.
I also think I get comfort talking to kids because I always hope that it might make them a bit more understanding and accepting of kids with special needs. I want it for Alexis. I want her to have friends. After today and her perfect behavior and her charm and exteme cuteness, I think Alexis has about 125 new friends.
I was a bit concerned about holding the kids' attention for a full 40-45 minutes, but the kids were great! I think I love 3rd graders. They asked good questions, seemed genuinely interested, and seemed to really be quite captivated by Alexis. I was a proud mom.
One elementary school down, 3 more to go. And maybe another school in Kokomo. And then a whole new type of speaking engagement in October, but more on that later.