Carrying It Out

Bambi Charlton walked into the big round doors of the school she was recently hired to teach orchestra at. Strangely, she felt nervous yet ready to face anything behind those big round doors. She took a breath, thought of her employers showering her with praise and complements for her teaching, and walked through the doors.

In the hallway of that school, lay a girl, young, skinny, and apparently completely unaware of Bambi. She was rolling around, making noises, and hitting herself as if she was in her own  world. And after living for twenty nine years with her Autistic sister, Bambi knew why she was doing this, Autism. Slowly, and gently, Bambi sat down next to the girl and watched with understanding. She didn't find any of this strange since she saw this for most of her life. Eventually, two people came to find her, her aid and the principle, Mr. Walken. They were very angry with Bambi for stopping instead of checking in with the office. So Bambi was very quickly pulled away from the autistic girl.

fingering and the plucking worked. Soon, she was plucking and plucking and plucking.


For the rest of the day as she met her different orchestra groups and band groups and individual students for practice lessons, she couldn't stop thinking about that girl and how the how school seemed to have no patience or understanding for someone like her.


The next day, while she was rehearsing a Piece with a cellist student, in walks the girl with her aid and sits down. The aid introduces herself and the girl as Mrs. Smith and Laura. Laura hobbled to the cello and looked around, making noises and playing with her hands.


After a little bit of the lesson, Bambi asked Mrs. Smith if she could let Laura try the cello. At first Mrs. Smith relented but then eased down. After Bambi got Laura to sit down, the actual cello came along and getting her to hold it both carefully and the right way was a little painstaking. Then Bambi showed Laura how the fingering and plucking worked. Then came the bow.


When the period was over, and Laura had to go to lunch, they tried to "pry" away the cello but Laura refused to let go. She just kept plucking along. When finally they got the cello, Laura immediately went into an explosive tantrum in which she had to be brought out of the music department and into her "spot" at the back of the mainstream room. Her "spot" was just a simple tent with pillows, sensory balls, sensory lights, and a miniature T.V. showing, to both Bambi's and Laura's delight, Beetlejuice.


In this spot, Bambi found while sitting with her, Laura was different. It was though when ever she was with Laura alone, Laura was not the same. It was as though the girl who lay on the floor and loved to make noises and watched Beetlejuice a lot and loved the cello wasn't so different after all when she did all these things. Right then, Bambi knew that the only way to help Laura was to take the things she loved and surround her with them.


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