Friday, August 20, 2010

Something to THINK About

Regardless of your child's age, abilities, current inclinations - don't rule it out. It's happening right now. Post secondary educational options are there for kids with differences. We all go to college to increase our likelihood of finding meaningful and rewarding work. Colleges are including ALL kids in their high expectations.

Raise yours. See what happens.

Monday, August 16, 2010

I Am A Parent

... of the Hopeful kind. Snapping over at Hopeful Parents today. Come read me at:


There are now 2 writers per day at HP, so more to enjoy. Drop a comment when you visit.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

You Make Yourself Clear

My sweet, you made clear that my job and the job of all other caregivers in your life is to safeguard your freedom, to run a pipe cleaner through sticky avenues so that you can continue to be exactly who you are. We are not here to change you, to add to you, to put external things in, to cure you, to mitigate differences. We are here to clear a path for your you-ness and to help others recognize the value of such you-ness.

You are an example for any and all of us who concern ourselves with judgement in the minds of others - which is truly all of us. Be who you are, do what you love, be confident in your own cleverness. That's what I call free.

Happy 7th birthday, my true and free Addison. I do not know how I came to deserve you, I know only that every single day I feel like I got away with something.

Staring FreeGirl Addie, Pop, Cate
Cameo appearances by:
Megan, Maddie, Bowling Alley, Daisy Troop 32XX, the Atlantic Ocean, Rosie, Mrs. Opelt's Class, Caden, Natalie, Inclusive Playground Campers, Audrey, Waterpark, Madeline, Carl, discarded lampshade, hotel entertainment dude, shadow, Rossi, Grace, hula hoop, Adelia, Hope, Addie's drum kit and rockin' sticks o' rhythm

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

As I Was Told


Addie's longest message communicated to date, signed to me yesterday, swiftly and clearly with 100% faith that her audience would understand and comply.

What could I do?

I got her shoes and took her to see Grandma's cat again.

I did as I was told.