After an interesting conversation with my youngest’s teacher, I have discovered that my daughter actually told her class that she was homeless. This is the email the teacher sent to me after I sent her a message saying “She did?”:
“She did and it was very matter of fact. I can’t even remember what led to the comment. She did not seem ashamed, just matter of fact. I don’t want to label her and would never have brought it up myself to the class but sometimes when you say something aloud it does not have the power to shame you. I clarified what it meant in Maggie’s case because I think that some kids associate homeless people with only those that hold signs by the roadside. As we know, it is much bigger and more complicated than that.”
I am so proud of my daughter! I was worried about her self-esteem because she was reluctant to go to a new school and I also worried about her ability to make new friends. Last year she refused to tell anybody that we were living in a run down motor home because she didn’t want the other kids to make fun of her. I think having an understanding educator like Judy has gone a long way in making Maggie feel “safe”. Maggie has even told her teacher that she may not be at that school, which may be true, I just won’t know yet.
This incident just proves to me that kids are tougher than we give them credit for. I think that for Maggie, seeing how her mother deals with a tough situation has influenced her attitude about being homeless.
Now if only I can get through to my teenager!