Miss M. has been our early intervention provider since Christian was just a little baby, and we had our last appointment with her on Friday just before the snow arrived. It was so hard saying good-bye to Miss M. She's been a part of our family for the past 3 years, and is responsible for much of Christian's success. For 3 years, we'd sit at our kitchen table, working on listening and speaking. She saw us through our first hearing aid fitting, our Cochlear Implant candidacy, surgery, and rehabilitation. She celebrated Christian's first signs, she cheered for his first words, and laughed at all his stories. She gave us hope when we had none, advocated for us when no one else would, and stood by every decision we have made as a family.
Miss M. not only was Christian's teacher, she was mine. She saw me through some of the most difficult moments I have had in my life. She became a true and trusted friend, someone I could go to not only for advice on how to work on Christian's hearing loss, but just parenting in general. There is that saying that a teacher affects eternity, and it couldn't be more true for Miss M. She has forever changed our lives.