“That Kid”


If Valerie Strauss’ story doesn’t touch your heart, nothing will.  I’m a mom to one of “those kids.”  He’s 24 now.  He’s brilliant.  But we had some dark days and I finally home schooled him after the 8th grade.  He has Asperger’s Syndrome.  I love him dearly.  He’s in college now and doing very well.  Thank you, Valerie Strauss for sharing this.  I couldn’t help but cry when I read your article.

I’ve been on both sides of the teacher desk.  I’ve been a teacher to “those kids.”   And I’ve been the mom of “that kid.”

Teachers are special.  Whether they teach young kids or older kids, they are special.  Elementary teachers care for those children who throw temper tantrums, are angry, or just can’t get along in the classroom.  High school teachers care for students who are pregnant, have run-ins with the law, and/or are grappling with very grown-up issues.

And parents seek solace and understanding.  Our dreams for our children are fragile at times.  We seek Providence in dark days.

Thank you, Valerie Strauss.  Your article means more than you’ll ever know.


One thought on ““That Kid”

  1. […] Amy Murray’s poignant article about “that kid” is timeless and will undoubtedly resonate with parents and teachers for a long time.  I know I will share it with my teacher education majors and, thus, will reread it many, many times.  And each time I know it will bring a tear to my eyes because, as I said in an earlier posting, I am a mother of one of “those kids.” […]


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