m1 has a friend in her second grade class named elana, who was born without one of her ears. she has had several major surgeries in the last few years and the doctors have constructed one for her. i love the way her mom is proactive with approaching the class when elana is going to miss school for a surgery. she visits the classroom, gives details and answers questions about what their friend is going through. on thursday november 17, elana will have her last and most important surgery... this one will allow her to HEAR out of the constructed ear. how amazing is that?!?