I took Joshua into school for his last day of 2018, as I was hosting a parent coffee morning too. I made a coffee cake for 6th form staff as an unexpected thank you for them and it seemed to go down well. We debated teacher and class presents during the coffee morning as the Mums who attended had all done something different : some had bought biscuits for the class and others had bought chocolate for those that they share their transport with. At a special school we have more day to day contact with the driver and passenger assistants than with school staff and so they tended to be the ones who were rewarded with gifts.
I also thanked Joshua’s taxi driver and escort with home baking : I made some chocolate brownies and put them into a Santa shaped cookie jar. The man who has been our taxi driver since September is retiring sadly so that was a find farewell last night. He has been a perfect combination for us as he has talked to Joshua, not ignored him as some do,yet he has not chatted too much to us as parents. he has got out of the car to help with loading the wheelchair, whereas many say that is not part of their role. And most importantly, when Joshua started fitting in his taxi, he remained calm, followed protocol and he timed the seizures while driving him back to school, as agreed. So all of that was worthy of thanks with some home-baking. Who knows who we will be allocated in the new year, we will just wait and see who turns up! But there will be continuity with the same passenger assistant who will be able to show the new driver the ropes.
I am not sure if Joshua realised why I was asking him to thank the taxi driver particularly yesterday, but he ran indoors quickly anyway, keen to get his helmet and boots off and to be able to relax after a busy day meeting Father Christmas. He brought a school present home and it has gone under the tree, rather than it being opened at school. I am not sure that Joshua knows that he now has over two weeks off school on Christmas holidays but he will start to realise soon when he goes to a family party on Sunday and when Granny arrives to stay. But we are starting the holidays off with a bang, as we are off to the theatre today to watch Shrek the Musical, which I am really looking forward to. This is his Christmas present from me and for the two good friends that we are going with, so let the festivities begin!