Monday, June 11, 2018

The Shift

It’s June, time for another round of “endings.” I know most people view December as “the big cahuna.” This is the time where New Years resolutions are made (and subsequently broken), and people look back on the year that has just passed and figure out what they can do to make the next year a […]

Monday, June 4, 2018

Tribute to Midstreams Elementary School

To the Midstreams Elementary Staff, It’s over. My son is graduating from the cocoon of his wonderful elementary school, and it’s time for Mommy to be mature about it. Don’t hold your breath. I knew this day would come. For the past few years I’ve breathed sighs of relief at every school event, reveling in […]

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

One More Try

Your “eeees” resound throughout the farm, and I smile to know how excited you are to show off your horseback riding prowess, how thrilled you are that your parents and brother and grandmas are here to watch you revel in your favorite pastime. I also smile because those “eeees” mean the catatonia is at bay, […]

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

In the Moment

As you speedily unwrap and liberate the toy from its imprisoning box your smile bursts forth followed by a deep-throated, fifteen-year-old chuckle (your laugh slays me every time), and your face simply radiates joy. This toy’s predecessor went to “toy heaven” a few months ago after serving us well for thirteen years, had been one […]

Monday, May 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Boy

Last week you turned fifteen. It happened to be field day at your school, and your smile when you saw me waiting for you to perform was magnificent. That smile carries me many days. I usually have a variety of emotions on your birthday. I always take time to remember the first moment I heard […]

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Space Between

Dear Moms, If you’re reading this in your voluminous amounts of spare time, perhaps your son has just been diagnosed at the tender age of two and you’re overwhelmed by where to go next. Maybe your teenaged daughter, whom everyone assured you was just shy, is now sporting the ASD label. Perhaps after years of […]

Monday, April 30, 2018

Meet Him Where He Is

Another April 30th, another Autism Awareness Month in the can. I know a lot of people have an issue with this month, as some feel they are brutally aware of autism 24/7, and I get that. Some have issues with the name of it just referencing awareness, and not acceptance or even celebration of autistic […]