progress, growth, hope

The following was Diary’s Facebook status on Sunday evening: When my girl was five years old, we had a birthday party here in the house. It was, as I described it then, a disaster. She had become overwhelmed. She had begged for escape in the only way that she could. After trying desperately to cajole her … Continue reading

wear the change

wear the change

- A couple of weeks ago, Katie came to me with a question. “Mama,” she asked, “now that we don’t feel like we can support Autism Speaks anymore, what can I wear to school for Autism Awareness Day?” While I know the question of what to wear may seem silly to some, we take our autistic pride … Continue reading

like it? i love it!

like it? i love it!

Friends, What you are about to read is entirely unedited. I honestly have no idea if it’s even English. My girl had a rough night last night and, given what happened here in Boston yesterday, there wasn’t a chance that I was going to kick her out of my bed. She’s still here next to … Continue reading

what i want to tell you

what i want to tell you

  {Image is a photo from the 1926 movie Metropolis, in which a woman is fighting a clock. The clock is winning,} Oh, guys. I have so much that I want to tell you, but so little time in which to do it. I want so badly to call a truce with Time – to … Continue reading

five months

five months

{Image is a photo of Brooke at age four, when I never, ever would have believed the following possible. Thank God (and Brooke) I know better than to believe anything impossible now.} You might remember that back in October, I posted the following on Diary’s Facebook page: On Oct 17, 2013, at 2:42 PM, [Brooke] … Continue reading

just what these kids do

just what these kids do

{Image is a photo of a girl wearing a handmade mask. Her face is hidden.} I’m worried about our kids. I’m worried that far too many of them are being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and sent upon their merry way – without help, without guidance, and, above all, without ongoing critical analysis because, … Continue reading

always and forever

{Image is a snapshot of Brooke’s spelling homework showing where she has filled in synonyms for act (perform) and always (forever).} It’s homework time. Brooke and I are on the floor in my room. She has two worksheets: one math and one spelling. She places them side by side and begins in the middle of … Continue reading

life is why

life is why

{image is a photo of a mirror being held up to the viewer by a woman’s hands}  I’ve typed and deleted the beginning of this post six times so far. I’ve decided to stop trying to come up with a beginning and just start in the middle, so here goes. A lot of you were angry last … Continue reading

the naughty class, by brooke w

the naughty class, by brooke w

- It started with a package of blank, hardcover books from the teacher supply shop. Since Brooke loves to draw and had taken to stapling her drawings together into books, I thought that book making might be a fun activity for her upcoming play date with one of the girls from her adaptive dance class. Not … Continue reading