Have you ever experienced a bunch of strangers yelling and screaming your name like they know you but you have never seen them before in your life?
Neither have I. But my children experienced this very thing this past Friday and it was beautiful. We had the privilege of meeting the 5th and 6th graders Joe wrote about here and here. The 6th graders kept up with Ira's story last year when they were in Mr. O'Connor's fifth grade class and this year's 5th graders have done the same. When Ira and Sophia walked into the school the kids went nuts!
Ira was on his best behavior walking all around and giving everyone who asked a "high 5." He even let one boy put his hat on him (over and over again). Sophia soaked up the attention and later told me that she liked being with the "big kids."
What made the biggest impression on me was their unmistakable love for my whole family. They showered us with cards, birthday presents for the kids, and poems they had written congratulating Ira on his progress and praising our family for all kinds of things. I told someone later that it was the closest I'll ever get to feeling like a celebrity.
The hour we spent with them was precious and will be remembered for a very long time. Thank you, 5th graders (and now 6th), for sharing your lives and love with us.
You made us feel like celebrities for the day but now that we've met you, we know the real superstars - YOU!