Anyone who remembers knows the rehearsal pic on the left where H appears to be excluding himself (sitting beside his aide)... is quite the contrary because it actually took A LOT for him to make it to the front of the room. I was very proud & shared the progress on Facebook.
The pic on the right was taken just one day later, during the actual concert. If you happen to remember the post, it was a pretty huge deal (as you can imagine) & brought me to tears.
Here is a clip of him clapping to a little girl named Aniella (the link will open in a separate window):
This year's concert is tonight.
The bad news is that we are already having a bit of a tough morning with him (although last night was even worse).
The hopeful news is, that so far he successfully participated in two(!) 1-hour rehearsals at school.
For me, the Concert is less about him being included, & more about the fact that I don't want him to remember the anxiety. I don't want him to remember the crying. I don't want him to remember the throwing up. I am proud either way because he has come SO far.
But I would love for him to simply remember that he can do this.