Puzzled

Friday afternoon while in a meeting with my boss, my cell phone rang. I looked at the caller ID. Zion’s teacher. Oye. When Zion’s teacher calls me, it is never good news. I cringed and excused myself to the hallway to answer my phone. She explained the events of Zion’s day, as she sobbed. I listened to this Precious Heart describe…

Angry

Crash. Bang. Boom. I open one eye and look at the clock. 8:28 a.m. He’s up. Oh boy is he ever up. Dude, it’s Sunday. Why can’t you just shelf the autism and sleep til noon like a typical 12 year old boy? Sigh. Suddenly it hits me that all of the noise is coming from him jumping off of…

Grateful

Yesterday morning I woke up to birds singing outside my window. Not something I normally hear in March, but I just assumed that God sent them airmail for my birthday. 44. Yikes. How did I get here? Wasn’t I just 24 like…yesterday? So many memories. Some good. Some…not so good. Let’s just call them lessons. I thought about 1997 me.…

Time-out

This morning Zion was sitting on the floor doing a puzzle, when he looked up at me and said, “Mama, we go to the beach?” I love that kid. He is SO mine. He loves the sand and the ocean waves just as much as his mama…maybe more. I said, “This summer, buddy.” He looked back down at his puzzle. I…

Starfish Moment

Life has been sort of a blur lately. Between both of my jobs, single-parenting, and trying to keep a home together, I haven’t been to the grocery store in like 3 weeks. Maybe a month. Yesterday morning I opened the refrigerator and it was so empty, I’m fairly certain I heard it whisper, “Helpppp me.” So I made my list, and headed…

There’s no place like home

I couldn’t wait to leave my hometown when I was 18. In my opinion, Greenfield was the most boring and backwoods place on earth. I saw the same people all the time. I did the same things every day. I was young and knew everything, and all I wanted was to get out of there and see the world. Travel.…

Cut

Last night I picked my kids up from their grandma’s house, and on our way home we stopped at the convenience store. I was tired and in a hurry, as usual, so I told the kids to sit tight and that I was just going to run in quickly. Zion already had his car door open. I said, “Buddy, get…