Author: islandglow

Snowfall

My sister loves snow globes. She has a good-sized collection of them. So a few weeks ago when I was out shopping, and I saw the perfect, glittery goodness shining like a beacon in the night, I knew it would be the perfect Christmas present. When I picked it up, the heavens split open and the angels burst forth in…

Normal

Raising kids is hard. Raising a child with any kind of special needs is harder. Even when there are two supportive and loving parents, it is tough. I’m not just a single parent, I’m actually an only parent…meaning that I have raised two kids without the other parent being involved. I have always been very concerned about the long-term effect…

Never give up

Earlier this week I was driving home after picking up my freshman daughter from junior varsity basketball practice. I don’t see her very much right now because I’m working 60+ hours a week. And she’s busy getting straight As and busting her bum on the basketball court. … On our drive home, she asked me how I, a penniless divorced…

Contagious

My son was diagnosed with autism over 10 years ago. We’ve been through so many public humiliations that not much really ruffles me anymore. Yesterday morning my friend Beth shared a post on Facebook that really grabbed me. It was about a mom who had a kiddo with ADHD who was reprimanded in Walmart by a stranger. I remember those…

Halloween 2017 style

Earlier this week I read a post on social media about allowing teens to trick-or-treat, because it’s innocent fun for them…and certainly better than having them out drinking and/or egging and/or other shenanigans. This story is a classic example of why this is true. When I was young, growing up in Greenfield, it sure seemed like kids were not very…

Disposable

Fifteen years ago, I was just starting out as a grown up. I was newly married, pregnant with my second child, and thought I had to buy a house. We looked at 63 homes before deciding on the one we’re still in to this day. And by we, I mean my kids. And myself. And our yellow lab. The husband…