How did you get the chance to go to a “normal” elementary school?
The “not-normal” school, or as they call it officially, the “special” school, had been really the norm for me. I didn’t know anything else. The truth is that school always came naturally to me; I always got the best marks. But what changed when I moved into the children’s home was that my teachers suddenly started paying more attention to me. And one day my oldest sister, along with my counsellor, informed me that I could transfer to the elementary school.
What was the change like for you?
Really huge. I soon had the feeling that there was much more to learn. For example, my favourite subject, mathematics, was a lot harder. But I must say that at the same time I really enjoyed school. A former teacher from the special school helped me with the material so that I managed that first onslaught.
How did the children from so-called normal families behave towards you?
On the whole, they were much better than those at the special school, even though there were those who laughed and teased me because I was from the “kid’s home”. Fortunately, I quickly found friends and we stuck together right up until our last year. It was totally normal friendship; we spent lots of time together and regularly visited each other. Sometimes, they even came over to the home to visit me. And I have to say that our class teacher was super and he really supported me. I could come to him at any time and talk about what was bothering me, what wasn’t going well for me, and that sort of thing.