I spoke with the teachers and they are very excited to have Zachary do this and want me to come in and explain to the class what Zachary is doing and why. They asked that Zachary wait till the Friday following vacation week so parental notification fliers can be sent out.
The reality even in as progressive a school district as Newton, MA, is that one of the only things that require notification is discussion of gay families.
I said I'd ask Zachary. The national day falls on a day when they are all on vacation. Could he wait until the week after?
He agreed. I explained that I would come in and talk to his class. He nodded seriously, Sounds good.
I'm watching my son who was so shy at one point, he didn't say a word when his bus driver didn't stop at his house and drove him to the depot, parked and left without checking the seats. A boy we held back from starting kindergarten because he wouldn't ask a teacher out loud for more snack or raise his hand during morning circle. A boy who would hide behind me when relatives came to visit, taking so long to speak up his older cousin would ask, Where's the little one?
A silent protest fits him well.
Proud? More than proud.