I just got accepted into my grad school program!
Buckle up ladies and gentlemen because this will be an Oscar worthy acceptance speech.
Ok, maybe not Oscar worthy, but you will definitely want to read this.
So in January of this year I stumbled across a program that peaked my interest. Ok, I didn’t stumble, admittedly I was actively looking. I had just finished my undergrad, read about that here, and I had just found out I couldn’t go back for bachelors degree numero 2, so I knew something had to shake. And boom, much like a sign from the man above, I clicked a link to a MAT-LD program at the school I just graduated from.
Now for those of you who don’t know, a MAT-LD program is a Masters of Art in Teaching specializing in Learning Disabilities. When I found it I was stoked. And not just because I met the prerequisites, but because I could actually make a difference.
I’m sure you are aware of the saying, be the change you wish to see in the world, well, this is my stride in that direction.
I’m sure you are wondering what would make someone just want to randomly want to teach Special Education. Well, buddy ol’ pal it’s not random at all.
Meet my uncle Pip.
Eating some of his favorite food.
The picture above and below is from when he went to his prom at the board of disabilities.
Oh you know, selfie game is just too strong.
I have never seen anyone as passionate and loving as him. And we are talking about the type of passion where he can be nice or mean.
So I met Pip when I was in 10th grade. It was the first time I went over to my wife’s grandmother house, and lo and behold, Pip answered the door. He said hey, and pulled the door open for me to walk in. I walked in and sat in the first open seat I could find. You should probably know I was new to this rodeo, courting that is. Haha. (Looking back on it, it was extremely old school, we sat in the living room until it was time for me to go) and Pip sat in the chair that was up against the wall. I guess he was the designated chaperone. I’m not sure if I even asked him his name, but by the end of my visit he definitely knew mine. I got up to walk out the door and so it begun. I heard “See you later KD” from a voice that hadn’t said anything other than hey for almost 3 hours.
Just to let you know, this man can still remember the car I drove from that day, and that was over 8 years ago. I don’t even remember what car I was driving.
A few months after that day Nilly was telling me how Pip was handicap. She told me he has cerebral palsy. I didn’t believe her at all. I remember telling her, “Nothing is wrong with Pip, girl. He can tell you how many keys I have on my key ring, shoot I can’t even tell you that“. And from that day forward my whole perception of mental illness was changed.
Some people try to joke around about people with special needs, calling them things like dumb or stupid, and I want you to know they are wrong. Not just for thinking things like that about someone else, but believing it.
But that’s not why I love him so much, I love him because of the love that he shows me. He will ask you about your day, what you like, your family, and all of that just to know. There is no ulterior motive, he just wants to talk to you. I love that. I love how someone can be so genuine and not think anything of it.
So when I saw that my school offered a program that would allow me teach kids with special needs I jumped at the opportunity. Just gives me a chance to make a living hanging out with some awesome people like Pip everyday.
Oh, and according to Pip he is very much handicapable. 😁