Eman with her peers

Everyday, I feel that I am getting stronger as Eman’s mother. We laugh, fight, and have fun together. Each day is a different one. I don’t normally know how it will begin or end. But most of the part Alhamdulillah it is good. She is always excited to go to school but there are days when I have to be hard on her or drag her through the one hour of getting ready for school. Most of the days I think if she would have behaved the same in school. Yet, everytime I meet her teachers and therapists, they tell she is involved with her peers. Enjoys being with them and shows care.

Today, I witnessed her with her class and teacher when I went to pick her up. They were walking outside, taking pictures. She was focused, walking in a line, getting the pictures done, and listening to what the teacher was saying. Suddenly, I felt tears falling down my eyes. My heart skipped a beat and couldn’t breath for a moment. Yes, I get the progress reports, I volunteer for her classroom,  but knowing how she is doing when I am not there – is a whole new level of realization.

Believe me I have never put the banner of being that person who is the one behind Eman. I have always thought I am just one with her in the bigger picture of her life. Her teachers, therapists, siblings, friends, and most of all now the peers are helping her become the surprise of my life I will always be amazed with!

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Eman’s fun talks

It’s weekend and I was sitting with Eman, brushing her hair. And we started talking,

Me: Eman today you have to sleep early because tomorrow is your school day.

Eman: Fajar and Ayan will go too?

Me: You know they don’t but they Math tuition. 

Eman: Oh! But I don’t want to go to school tomorrow!

Me: Why?

Eman: I don’t like school…

Me: But Mrs. Chobak and Mrs. Thompson will be there… 

Eman: That’s their job…

Me: 🤐…

Eman’s fun talks

We are at grocery store. Come to the register with a lady in front only. Eman is in her mode. I start putting things on the register-belt, suddenly she starts helping,

Eman: come on mama! Catch up with the front lady!!!

Front lady turns around smiling…

Front lady: You got a helper today

Eman: Hi lady! 

Front lady: How is your summer going?

Eman: Good (while I am loading the items)

She turns to me and said, 

CHOP! CHOP! Mama! Hurry up… you are too slow … and everybody laughed 😂

Innocent Dialogues with Eman

The kids were asking Eman,”Who will you ask Allah to take with you to Jannah (Paradise)?”

Eman thought and thought while Ayan and Fajar are both waiting for answer-right?

Eman says,”Fajar! We will play.”

Ayan hints,” Do you want to take anyone else?”

Eman replies,”No Ayyyann!!! You stay with Mama!” 😂