I planned on writing a post about my current thoughts on sending my 19-month old son with special needs to preschool for the first time, but I cannot do so without first addressing today’s discovery of the remains of Avonte Oquendo.
I was not following the story closely, but I did know that Avonte, an autistic 14 year old, went missing late last year when he ran out of his school. Hopes were that he would be found unharmed.
Unfortunately that was not the case, as today his remains were being retrieved from Queens beach piece by piece in what must be the most tragic and gruesome news that his family was not hoping to get. My heart is heavy for all of Avonte’s loved ones and I pray that they can find some peace to weather this continuing storm.
Like I said, my son also has special needs, and I am nervously contemplating sending him off to a preschool in upcoming months. Obviously stories like Avonte’s give me pause, especially when I consider the fact that he was a child with special needs failed by those his parents trusted to take care of him. Sigh. Either way, I will continue to keep his family in my prayers and I will write the post about preschool another day.