You give your new teacher an apple. A red one. The biggest one you could see on the pile of apples at the store. Because you can't just take any apple you see, choosing an apple for your teacher is a big important job.
Having her in school, that is like a dream come true for us. It means that we can incorporate "normal" into our lives. Fair enough, the leukemia is never far behind and there are always those little reminders, like when I typed up some information for Bianca's new teacher about wanting to know when Bianca falls, warning her that there could be steroid side-effects, listing the days where Bianca will need to be at hospital and won't be at school and asking the teacher to discuss concerns (because the reality is that sometimes there could be long-term effects as a result of the chemo). And I'm the only parent who sends hand gel with my kid to school. So yes, there are reminders. But certainly we feel so incredibly blessed when we see her so happy at school, when she picks up a book and reads us a story, when she hugs her friend really tight to say goodbye, when her face lights up each morning knowing that she'll go to school.
We feel so blessed that we found such a wonderful school for Bianca with such wonderfully supportive staff. In 2006 Oteha Valley School received an OECD award for its learning environments, and it has been included in an international compendium of exemplary educational facilities. An interesting aspect of Bianca's class is that she has some Year 2 children in her class and I think that will really give her a chance to extend her learning.
I think this is going to be a very exciting year!