I’ve led a very fortunate life, the older I get the more I’ve become aware of just how fortunate. When I look back at all the hardships and the struggles (and there’s been a few Grade A struggles I promise you!) what I see is this long line of people who have offered me hope, support and mentoring along the way. I didn’t always take these gifts, often I didn’t even see them as gifts! But they were definitely there.
One such person is Val, our wonderful kindy owner. Val has written a piece below that I’d like to share with you.
I am writing this from the perspective of an Early Childhood Teacher. I have worked closely with Izzy and her mum for almost two years.
Reflecting on that time, Izzy was clearly confused by the messages she was receiving from society in general and the adults around her – though they were done from motives of love and concern for her, they were clearly at odds with her gender identity.
Since her parents (based entirely on their deep knowledge and understanding of their child, and supported by a specialist trained in the area) made the courageous and wise decision to recognise her female identity, I have been astonished at the transformation!
Izzy went from being a child who arrived at pre-school each morning with bent head and downcast eyes, wearing her mother’s t-shirts over her jeans, to an overnight and radical change – she arrived to kindy as a child proud and standing tall, meeting my eyes, and above all, glowing with happiness.
What a joy and a privilege to be a small part of such a profoundly life-enhancing event! It seemed utterly right and natural to listen at last to the messages Izzy had been giving us for so long.
Izzy is a girl with every fibre of her being and for her parents I have only admiration. They all deserve every happiness.
Izzy is truly blessed by their devotion and love.
Those my friends, are the words of a really amazing lady. We count our blessings daily to have her in our lives. Thanks Val.