Tag: special needs

Dear TSA

Dear TSA, You are my sunshine. I will brag about you to anyone who will listen. I called you on Thursday morning in a worried frenzy. I was overly anxious and driving myself nuts about flying with my son for the first time. He’s 13…and has autism. I was worried about airport security and how his anxiety would create a…

Divergent

I have always been different. But it’s just the past 4 or 5 years that I have really, truly enjoyed and reveled in it. I kind of march to the beat of my own hippie-diva conga drum. For example, this would be me on the far right: I wear unique stuff. I have big hair. I prefer Indian or Greek…

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…

Removed

It was summer 2009. I remember so little anymore, but I remember that summer so well. I was freshly divorced and trying hard to put my life back together. To add insult to injury, I was trying to learn how to manage raising two kids, one of whom has autism, on my own. So I attended Zion’s IEP meeting with…

Cancelled

This week I have been remodeling the exterior of my home, as well as the kitchen cabinets. That wasn’t the original plan for this week. But it’s turned out to be exactly what I needed. The original plan for fall break was to spend it at the beach with my best friend and her family. We had been looking forward…

The Present

As a parent of a child with autism, everyday there is something I do that is singularly the most difficult. It isn’t juggling a managerial schedule with the needs and transportation schedule of my child. It isn’t planning his finicky lunch packing or making sure he gets enough exercise or even keeping him out of the Krispy Kreme donut case…