Conversations Inside My Head and Out

Daughter:  I can't believe that I'm going to graduate high school in only seventy-one days. Me:  WHAT?! InternalMe:  WHAT?! WHERE DID THE TIME GO?  I'VE LOOKED FORWARD TO THESE YEARS OF FRIENDSHIP AND SHOPPING AND HUGS AND COFFEE AND SHARED INTERESTS AND TV TOGETHER. HAS IT BEEN FOUR YEARS ALREADY?!  Daughter:  Yeah, I can't wait.  I…

Anticipation

I dropped her off two weeks ago yesterday.  She left the next morning with her aunt and uncle and cousins.  They were heading west to meet my parents at the halfway point between their house and ours.  That's not a quick road trip when you live in Texas.  They all had lunch together and stretched…

THIS IS ONLY A TEST!

Like most of the "popular vote," our family mourned the election results on November 9, 2016. My 11 year old niece was in tears, asking my sister, "But how could HE be elected? He's mean. How could America elect a bully to be our next President?" Indeed. She wasn't the only kid to react this…

It’s NOT a Tantrum

Walking through a supermarket, the severely Autistic person wears gun-range headphones to help block excess noise to protect her highly sensitive hearing from the overwhelming barrage of clanking, banging, muzak, baby cries, squeaky buggy wheels and blips and bloops from cash registers. A woman getting over a cold coughs into her elbow, and the Autistic…

Did I Do Too Much for Them?

As mothers, we second guess ourselves and the choices we make all of the time. Since these children don't come with owner's manuals or anything remotely close to that, we sort of "wing it" and combine our gut instincts with the way that we were brought up and what we admired from parental examples we…

Don’t Touch Me (Breaking Silence)

I have a good friend in Canada who is seemingly my younger twin. She's also got 5 kids and loves to write...although, Nuala Reilly is published and I'm still aspiring to be. We both blog and we are both passionate about fighting back against this "rape culture" for the betterment of our daughters and sons. I've…

Bad-Assery in the Metro

"Thanks for going shopping with me, Randa." "You're welcome." "Got your seat belt on?" "Yes, ma'am." "Should we take the highway home or the slow way?" "It's drive faster." "Okay. Highway it is. Should we listen to the radio?" "Yes." **Turn on radio and Nickelback is playing.** "Mommy, this sucks." **Change to a rock station…

You’re Welcome

So the high school bus shows up today and only 2 of the 3 kids who were supposed to be on it, got down. I received a phone call from an unknown number just as the bus pulled away. He:  Mom? It's me. Me: Yeah? Let me guess. You missed the bus. He: I did.…

Starry Night Prom 2016

It's that time of year again! That's right. It's Prom Season. And the Starry Night Prom 2016 is coming up on us....fast! "What's the Starry Night Prom?" you ask. Let me tell you by including part of our Starry Night Prom donations request letter: "The Starry Night Prom started in 2008 with a vision to…

Conversations with My Kids – Study!

"Mom! I want a turn on the computer."     "You had a turn. Leave me alone.""I want another turn."     "Uhm, did that whole 'You're grounded from your second turn' thing slip your mind?""But I'm BORED!"     "Do I LOOK like Julie from the Love Boat?""What's a love boat?"     "Never mind.""But I'm still BORED!"   …