Dream On

It looked to be the best night of his young life and everything was going smoothly.  We left after breakfast to make the four hour drive and arrived in Denver right before rush hour.  The BIG night had finally arrived—Aerosmith live in concert and we didn’t want to miss a thing. I’d promised Chase a couple years back if they ever came to the Mile High City I would take him and sure enough the Bad Boys from Boston finally headed our way.  When I bought the tickets he deemed

It looked to be the best night of his young life and everything was going smoothly.  We left after breakfast to make the four hour drive and arrived in Denver right before rush hour.  The BIG night had finally arrived—Aerosmith live in concert and we didn’t want to miss a thing. I’d promised Chase a couple years back if they ever came to the Mile High City I would take him and sure enough the Bad Boys from Boston finally headed our way.  When I bought the tickets he deemedKeep reading...

Embarassed

I found him hiding in my closet under a row of dresses.  I couldn’t see where he’d gone while I was cleaning up after him.  It was hardly a mess but still not something you ignore.  When he saw me he laid down sheepishly.  He was embarrassed.  I sat down next to him and carefully put him in my lap to reassure him. “Buddy its okay.  Mama’s not mad.  You can’t help it honey.” I was fighting back tears.  It had been such a rough week with the dog.  A

I found him hiding in my closet under a row of dresses.  I couldn’t see where he’d gone while I was cleaning up after him.  It was hardly a mess but still not something you ignore.  When he saw me he laid down sheepishly.  He was embarrassed.  I sat down next to him and carefully put him in my lap to reassure him. “Buddy its okay.  Mama’s not mad.  You can’t help it honey.” I was fighting back tears.  It had been such a rough week with the dog.  AKeep reading...

Sticks and Stones

When I set the penny I’d found earlier in the day on my calendar I noticed that March 9th was Barbie’s birthday.  I had no idea! You’d think a California girl who lived in the shadow of Mattel’s headquarters would know this.  I should keep better track especially since I’ve been referred to as a Barbie more than once. Whether you grew up in Barb’s backyard or not almost every woman my age will confess to owning one of these world famous dolls.  Like boys and action figures girls and

When I set the penny I’d found earlier in the day on my calendar I noticed that March 9th was Barbie’s birthday.  I had no idea! You’d think a California girl who lived in the shadow of Mattel’s headquarters would know this.  I should keep better track especially since I’ve been referred to as a Barbie more than once. Whether you grew up in Barb’s backyard or not almost every woman my age will confess to owning one of these world famous dolls.  Like boys and action figures girls andKeep reading...

Stereotypes Drive Me Nuts

Yesterday driving was driving me nuts!  It started when I took Chase to school hands gripped to the wheel while oil field workers barreled down the highway to their jobs.  Mornings on I-70 in Western Colorado are like a NASCAR race with trucks.  Roughnecks weave in and out of traffic in a desperate attempt to punch the clock on time. A few hours later coming home from the doctor I must have been going too slowly in my neighborhood because a lady pulled right up on my bumper and honked

Yesterday driving was driving me nuts!  It started when I took Chase to school hands gripped to the wheel while oil field workers barreled down the highway to their jobs.  Mornings on I-70 in Western Colorado are like a NASCAR race with trucks.  Roughnecks weave in and out of traffic in a desperate attempt to punch the clock on time. A few hours later coming home from the doctor I must have been going too slowly in my neighborhood because a lady pulled right up on my bumper and honkedKeep reading...

“Help” – My Four Letter Word

After thirty minutes of waiting for the tow truck I decided it was time for an inventory of all the things I had to be thankful for.  The first was that I hadn’t had an accident.  You would have thought I had. My neck was stiff from battling with the car. The problem I was having happened once before.  I’d managed to get the car going then, but not this time.  The second was that it wasn’t dark like the first incident.  The third – it wasn’t snowing.  Snow would

After thirty minutes of waiting for the tow truck I decided it was time for an inventory of all the things I had to be thankful for.  The first was that I hadn’t had an accident.  You would have thought I had. My neck was stiff from battling with the car. The problem I was having happened once before.  I’d managed to get the car going then, but not this time.  The second was that it wasn’t dark like the first incident.  The third - it wasn’t snowing.  Snow wouldKeep reading...

Michael- Our Very Own Archangel

There’s a penny that sat for months just inside my neighbor Kelly’s front door.  I don’t think it was there before her son Michael died.  I wondered many times when I would visit if it was his but I never asked.  It screamed at me from the foyer table “Pick me up!” but I knew better.  It wasn’t my penny to take.  When I told Kelly I liked her penny she gave me one of her sweet smiles and said, “Me too.”  She knew I understood it held some significance

There’s a penny that sat for months just inside my neighbor Kelly’s front door.  I don’t think it was there before her son Michael died.  I wondered many times when I would visit if it was his but I never asked.  It screamed at me from the foyer table “Pick me up!” but I knew better.  It wasn’t my penny to take.  When I told Kelly I liked her penny she gave me one of her sweet smiles and said, “Me too.”  She knew I understood it held some significanceKeep reading...

Eyes to See

When I got sick, the dog got sick as well and the car had to go in the shop. All this was happening the day before we were scheduled to leave for Seattle. I began to wonder if the rare Thanksgiving trip we’d planned was actually meant to be. Before my head hit the pillow I double checked my alarm that was armed to go off in a few hours. I was simultaneously relieved and exhausted. It would all be worth it for the boys to visit with family we

When I got sick, the dog got sick as well and the car had to go in the shop. All this was happening the day before we were scheduled to leave for Seattle. I began to wonder if the rare Thanksgiving trip we’d planned was actually meant to be. Before my head hit the pillow I double checked my alarm that was armed to go off in a few hours. I was simultaneously relieved and exhausted. It would all be worth it for the boys to visit with family weKeep reading...

MRI’d

It would be nice to have a glamorous explanation for my knee problem. When the doctor looked at the x-ray and asked me how I’d injured it I didn’t have an answer. “You’ve hurt your knee do you remember when? Nothing comes to mind other than maybe cheerleading,” I said wincing. The pain from all his poking and prodding was beginning to overshadow my bruised ego. Jumping off the top of a human pyramid under the goal post now felt like a stupid way to climb the social ladder in

It would be nice to have a glamorous explanation for my knee problem. When the doctor looked at the x-ray and asked me how I’d injured it I didn’t have an answer. “You’ve hurt your knee do you remember when? Nothing comes to mind other than maybe cheerleading,” I said wincing. The pain from all his poking and prodding was beginning to overshadow my bruised ego. Jumping off the top of a human pyramid under the goal post now felt like a stupid way to climb the social ladder inKeep reading...

A Best Friend for Eric

I have a new penny friend whose name is Eric and boy is he a cutie!  With curly hair, big brown eyes, and a smile from ear to ear he’s hard to resist.  He loves animals, has a fantastic imagination, and makes things – cool things just like my son Chase.  In fact, in more ways than one he reminds me of Chase.  Beyond all their similar interests Eric and Chase are not just both artistic but autistic as well.  In my book, that makes Eric a kid I already

I have a new penny friend whose name is Eric and boy is he a cutie!  With curly hair, big brown eyes, and a smile from ear to ear he’s hard to resist.  He loves animals, has a fantastic imagination, and makes things – cool things just like my son Chase.  In fact, in more ways than one he reminds me of Chase.  Beyond all their similar interests Eric and Chase are not just both artistic but autistic as well.  In my book, that makes Eric a kid I alreadyKeep reading...

Paradigms and Pair-A-Dimes

A parent’s life involves a lot of waiting. After eighteen years on the job you’d think I would have a great deal of patience, but I don’t. When my boys were little and going to three different kinds of therapies each, to address issues associated with autism, I spent hours in waiting rooms. After several years I felt like a professional “wait” lifter. I could bench press a stack of “waits” three appointments deep. I grew to be a lean, mean, waiting machine. Like any workout routine it got old,

A parent’s life involves a lot of waiting. After eighteen years on the job you’d think I would have a great deal of patience, but I don’t. When my boys were little and going to three different kinds of therapies each, to address issues associated with autism, I spent hours in waiting rooms. After several years I felt like a professional “wait” lifter. I could bench press a stack of “waits” three appointments deep. I grew to be a lean, mean, waiting machine. Like any workout routine it got old,Keep reading...