It was just a simple cargo net, made of chain, bridging perhaps five feet from the ground to a platform on the playground equipment of one of our local parks. I hated that cargo net. I hated it because Ryan could not, would not (and I know now, was not ready to) climb it. The […]Read more "Conquering the Cargo Net"
I found myself at my local Dunkin’ Donuts Sunday. Don’t judge. I was only getting iced coffee, I swear. OK, so I thought about getting a doughnut and eating it in the shop to hide the evidence from Veronica. But I didn’t. Besides, that’s not the point. When I walked in the store, there was […]Read more "People Who Matter: The Dunkin’ Donuts Guy"
It was Christmas in July this week, as Riley and Ryan finally got to enjoy their big gifts from last Christmas: Taylor Swift tickets for her, and for Ryan, tickets to see U2. The concerts just so happened to fall on back-to-back Saturdays. Riley had her big night with Veronica at MetLife Stadium a week […]Read more "Tonight, We Can Be as One"
It’s one of the hardest things I’ve had to learn as an autism parent. Where Ryan is concerned, my natural instincts tend towards over-protective. The thing I’ve had to learn is my interceding to make sure his needs are met doesn’t do him any good. I’m not saying over-protective doesn’t have his place. I would […]Read more "Letting Him Be"
I hope everyone had a happy and safe Fourth of July. It’s always been one of my favorite holidays. Much like Thanksgiving, it is focused around three Fs — food, family and fireworks (whereas “football” serves as the third F for Thanksgiving). We usually check off the first two Fs rather easily, spending the day […]Read more "Putting the ‘Works’ in Fireworks"