“Mom, is that true?”

My son shared an article on Facebook about vaccines causing autism and asked me, “Mom, is that true?” My son finds the written word to be the easiest form of communication, because a language processing disorder makes auditory conversation difficult. My son easily makes his thoughts and wishes known through the computer keyboard and phone texting.   My son has autism.   We often banter back and forth via social media and what begins on a forum typically continues in […]

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Would-a, Should-a, Could-a.

As I was slowly eking my way into adulthood (a process I am smack in the middle of now, thank you very much) I used to like to change the words to Neil Sedaka’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” to “Growing Up is Hard to Do.”  Not so much because of the pains that come with the transitions to voting, relationships and employment issues – but the constant Don Quixote-like windmill jousting that went on with the Would-a, Should-a, […]

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“You’re lucky. You got good kids.”

While discussing my love for my children the other day (I’m a mom, we’re known to do that) my lunch partner said, “Yeah, well — you’re lucky.  You got good kids.”  He said this in a way that implied I had somehow picked my children up in a serendipitous cosmic yard sale, narrowly missing going home with the ill-tempered Garbage Patch Dolls sitting to their left. Questioning my companion’s usually diplomatic communication skills, I inquired why he chose to label […]

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Day of Dads.

“A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.” Paul Lewis   True that.    You can have a house with any number of occupants, from three to thirteen, and when the father opens his mouth (or doesn’t) there are microscopic shifts that take place within four walls that affect everyone inside.  I have no scientific proof of this, but I have years of emotional experience with my own “fathers” (I’m a child of adoption/divorce/foster […]

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