dear abby cadabby

dear abby cadabby

Dear Abby Cadabby, Hi, kiddo. You might remember that we met this past summer. This was you hugging my eleven year-old daughter, Brooke, who is autistic … {image is a photo of Brooke hugging Abby Cadabby at Sesame Place, Summer, 2013} She was sooooo excited to meet you at Sesame Place this summer, along with Elmo … Continue reading

reunion

reunion

{image is a photo of Dorothy’s ruby slippers} I left for New York on Thursday morning while the girls were still asleep and came home long after they’d once again gone to bed. On Friday, as soon as Brooke woke up, she came into my room to find me. “I’m so glad you’re back,” she … Continue reading

an open door

{image is a photo of Brooke at age seven, watching a dress rehearsal of Godspell at a local community theater – with her Jesus doll.}  Last night, an autistic friend reached out to me, frustrated by yet another APRIL! AUTISM! AWARENESS! attempt gone, for her, terribly, terribly wrong. As I read her words, the pain … Continue reading

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