31 Days: Persistence

One character quality I most definitely possess is persistence. I don’t give up easily, especially once fired up to do something.

Yesterday I was rummaging through some old papers and cleaning out a bunch of old boxes. I found this:

You might have to click on the picture to read it, but to give you an overview…this was a letter I wrote to Chase bank {then First Bank} regarding a decline letter I had received in response to my attempt to get my first credit card. At the time, all of my family had a United Mileage Plus credit card and was using the miles to go on all these fabulous trips. I figured I needed it too, so I applied. Not soon after I received the sad news that I was not given a credit access line with their company. Well, that got me pretty upset….I mean just look at one of my reasons why I should be accepted…

“Both my parents have a Mileage Plus First Card”

HA. Awesome right? I’m pretty sure that line alone got me in like Flynn, don’t you think??

Needless to say, I did eventually win the fight and was accepted with a healthy credit line, which I did max out once upon a time and then had to figure out how to pay off {long story for another day}. The point here is {besides the fact that 13 years ago I could write a darn good rebuttal letter!!!!} I didn’t take no for an answer and I kept pushing until I got what I wanted.

My Nannie and Gramps were 100% German. I hope to speak more of them over the next couple weeks as they have been my mind a lot, but I believe with all my heart that they passed down to me my persistence behavior. My Gramps started a music store called Wollmer’s Music in 1923. He was 23 years old. After a year or so in business, he found himself in $3,000 worth of debt and the bank came to his place of business and locked the doors until he could pay it off. He eventually secured a loan and was able to reopen…only to continue on to produce a successful business that flourished through the great depression, WWII and the record phase {he sold instruments and radios first, migrated to records once they became all the rage}. He and my Nannie owned the business until their retirement in the early 60′s.

This morning Brandon and I had a very long talk about persistence as today was the day we started the ADHD assessment process for our little bundle of joy, Jake.

The first meeting is a parent meeting to go over concerns and make sure the parents are on the same page. We met the therapist that would be assigned to Jake’s case and received all the necessary paperwork that needed to be filled out to properly assess him.

I think the therapist was a little surprised we were so eager to get the process started with Jake. You might be too. You might remember that I am a California state credentialed teacher and taught public school for 6 years. I saw many ADHD/ADD students come through my classroom doors. And I KNOW how powerful a formal diagnosis for those students was….with a formal diagnosis a student is allowed a special educational plan that gives them extra time to take tests, verbally assess if necessary, special seating arrangements, even the ability to chew gum to let out extra energy. Yes, these diagnosis are so powerful for those students and gives them the ability to succeed.

Sidenote: If you have a child who you feel has a learning disability or focusing problem…GET HELP!! PLEASE!! For their sake. It is not a sign of weakness to confess they might have problems, its a sign of strength and good parenting! With formal diagnosis’ you are just handing them the keys to success….forever! They will have these diagnosis’ with them all throughout their educational career and it will aid them in becoming thriving adults. Just my two cents :) 

So persistence, today I am thankful for it.  Because I know I will need a lot of it during this time of assessment. I know I will need to fight for my baby boy. I know I need to not be afraid but keep my chin up and make sure he has EVERYTHING he needs to succeed. Because he WILL succeed. Oh yes he will.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me…” Philippians 4:13

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In case you are wondering what’s going on here, I am joining up with The Nester and her 31 Day Challenge. I am challenging myself to write about Thankfulness for 31 days…every day be thankful for something, even if it’s little. A way to force me to look at the positive so to speak…if you want to see all the 31 day posts I do, click HERE.

2 thoughts on “31 Days: Persistence

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    Nicole says:

    I love your rebuttal letter! I totally laughed at “Both my parents have one” line! Ahahaha…
    I hope you are able to find out about Jake quickly, just so you can at least know. Praying for him!

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    SoShawna Gray says:

    As mom to an awesome kid on the Autism Spectrum I cannot echo your words of advice loudly enough. GET YOUR CHILD HELP!!!!! Get them evaluated and diagnosed! It is NOT a sign of weakness, bad parenting, or that your kid isn’t ‘good enough’, is handicapped, or even that your prayers aren’t strong enough for them!!

    In fact, I would say that to NOT get your kid the help that they need is a form of abuse; by neglecting to get them help.

    By obtaining an official diagnosis, you can see what your insurance will pay for in regards to extra help and I don’t mean just medicine! Our son is able to get extra therapies and counseling that is covered by insurance.

    My son is in public school and they are working so well to KEEP HIM in a general education classroom (1st grade). They do NOT ‘just want to stick him in special ed’ as I’ve heard some parents worry about. He DOES get so many minutes of speech therapy per week. But his diagnosis provides his school with state funding, which they use for this speech therapy AND an educational assistant who can sit with him during designated times to make sure he’s on track with reading comprehension, etc.

    ALSO the funding is being stretched to give extra training and education to the sub who will be covering for the main teacher while she is out of maternity leave; making sure the sub is prepared and trained to handle a child on the Autism Spectrum.

    Anyway, that’s the end of my rant about GETTING YOUR CHILD HELP if they need it. Don’t delay! Get your head out of the sand and be a proactive parent!

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