"I know you can do it."

Things used to be very different in my house

Everything was very dark

And no one was happy

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I couldn't understand what they said

But angry words surrounded us

Day and night

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Mommy kept trying to make me do stuff

All I could do was stare at her, confused

"I know you can do it."

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One day Daddy stopped living with us

Mommy cried when she thought I wasn't looking

I missed him a lot

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Many people told Mommy to give up

That I would never do things that

Normal kids do

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She'd take my hand tight

And we'd walk away

"I know you can do it."

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The world was scary and I didn't want to be in it

But Mommy got me into school

After more angry words

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Only no one wanted me in their class

I was different from the other children

Teachers wouldn't look at me

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Still Mommy fought for me

I wanted to make her happy

"I know you can do it."

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Then Teacher Emily found us

And she agreed with Mommy

"I know you can do it."

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Mommy and Teacher Emily

Use lots of calm words

That makes me happy

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Now Teacher Emily fights together with Mommy

For what they call my rights

And Mommy doesn't cry alone anymore

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Teacher Emily took me into her class

She did something over and over

Until I started to make connections

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Teacher Emily taught Mommy too

And we worked more at home

"I know you can do it."

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After a long time,

I started to understand.

Sounds and words meant something!

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Teacher Emily clapped her hands

And Mommy shrieked

What are happy tears?

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Mommy hugs Teacher Emily

Then she hugs me

"Mommy," I say

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Things are very different in my house now

Light surrounds us

And everyone is happy

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The world has opened up to me

So many new things to know

Like this thing called HOPE

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Sometimes it's hard to understand

How powerful words can be

But I think people need to be believed in

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"I know you can do it."

So I did

And you can too