Tag: Zion

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…

Ready

Last week I received a Facebook message from an old friend. Her youngest son had been diagnosed with autism, and our mutual friends suggested she contact me for guidance and support. That happens a lot. And I’m happy to respond and help when I can. After we set details and coffee, I accepted her friend request and went to her…

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…

Stained

Most of the time I am pretty even-tempered. But every once in a while, I blow my stack. And when I do, it ain’t pretty. Friday night was one of those times. I was exhausted after a very long and thankless work week. I just wanted to come home after my cousin’s surprise party and collapse to sleep. But my…

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…