As I have said before, it is a year of lasts for Alex. Some are happy, some are sad and some are "thank gods".
This past week is the last high school art show Alex will participate in and it is a sad. For Alex art has been a great equalizer. Alex has had two amazing art teachers in her high school career who have looked at Alex as an artist, not an artist with down syndrome.
I am not sure why we have been so graced, but my best guess it that these two women (both have experiences with people with disabilities) look at art as an expression of one's view of the world. Art is color, texture, space and individuality, and this is how an art student is supported.
Alex has always been able to express herself through art and has won a number of awards over the years. In this way she is just like any other student in the class, some times her work is better than others, sometimes not, but it is always respected. I might brag that Alex is often the teacher's pet, she loves art, always stays on task and is proud of all her creations. I only hear great reports every year.
I am so thankful for those often unsung heroes we have known over the years, the art teachers.I know this will be a big part of Alex's life always.