Seven Snippets: March 30, 2012

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First things first: thank you to everyone who told me a little about yourself following last week’s post. I have truly, truly, truly enjoyed reading every word of what you had to say. Some of you I’ve known for awhile (even if only through your comments here), but I still learned so much about you that I didn’t know before. I love it! I’m trying to decide what, if anything, to do with that post – I’d like to write about each of you in a future post but not sure you all would want that. I may put a link to it up in my sidebar to encourage new visitors to add their information, as well.

And, of course, if you haven’t commented yet…do it right now!

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Did you see the story this week about the girl with cerebral palsy who was denied the use of her walker at school? Yes, that’s right. Parents were told she’d have to use a wheelchair because they didn’t think the walker was safe for use in the school. I’ve been trying to figure out if there’s more to this story that I’m missing, but I can’t think of anything. The concern they gave was of her falling.

Um, really? Sarah Kate falls almost daily and has been as long as she’s been vertical.

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Do you ever wonder if your pets have a secret life of which you aren’t aware? We did – until last night, when Mr. Andi confirmed it. He had to go in to work around 11pm and when he rounded the corner to leave, he saw two people sitting on the sidewalk next to our fence. He first thought they were ne’er-do-wells and pulled over to encourage them to move along. He realized when he got closer that it was a couple he knows who live nearby, but not in our neighborhood. They were sitting cross-legged with a small dog and were petting our cat, Doc. They went on to tell him that they stop by and visit with him quite a bit late at night and that they call him “Homeward” because he reminds them of a dog they had with that name.

I really want to get one of these for our cat. It’d be a hoot.

Doc, The Night Prowler

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Looks like I’m going to be published! Dandelion magazine, a a free quarterly magazine for Bay Area and Sacramento families of children with special needs, is planning to include a piece I’ve written based on one of my prior posts in their summer issue. Does that make me a professional writer? 😉

Actually, I’ve been published before, but I don’t think it counts because it was for my sorority’s magazine (of which I over see editing by virtue of my volunteer position).

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We’ve had two more Buddy Sightings (also known as Stalkings) this week. My friend Dawn called me on Thursday while we were eating lunch at Chick-fil-A to tell me she was at the beach and a young boy with Down syndrome was building a sand castle nearby. As we were leaving the restaurant, we spotted a young girl with Down syndrome getting into the car next to ours.

I get so excited when I see someone with Down syndrome in public. It’s like I’ve just spotted a movie star or something.

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Sarah Kate got fitted for new AFOs this afternoon and she made an interesting design choice this time. She’s never had a transfer design on the plastic before, but for the next year-ish she’ll be sporting Tweety Birds. I wanted to convince her to go with something more…sensible, but I let it go. I’m not the one that has to wear them, or do physical therapy, or have spinal cord surgery, so if she wants Tweety Birds I’ll live with it.

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Speaking of AFOs, Sarah Kate may appear in a Cascade DAFO ad! She’s been wearing Cascade AFOs and/or SMOs since she was younger than Nathan is now. I was contacted by their marketing department recently about including one of her “active” photos in one of their new print ads. I’ll keep you posted…..

Have a great weekend!

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  1. says

    Oh gosh the stalking thing is so funny. I went through a phase of staring intently at people’s wheelchairs and how they used them. Honestly, I was doing research for my son. Then I’d think, “They don’t know I’m one of them.” They probably thought I was rude to stare and not say hello or look at the chair instead of the person. So glad I’m not alone!

  2. says

    I’ll have to figure out where to pick up Dandelion since it’s a LOCAL magazine for me!!!! So exciting! Once I figure it out, let me know if you want me to grab a few and send them to you.

  3. Janice says

    Congratulations on your upcoming publication, Andi! Yes, I think it does make you a professional writer. Your blog has looked professional since launch imo. Even when I don’t comment (which is frequent), I do enjoy reading about your life and perspective on issues. Even when we don’t agree, your opinions are well-reasoned and well-written.

  4. Adrienne K says

    1- I’m self-absorbed enough that I wouldn’t mind being talked about. You give me too much credit.

    2- I like how you think about stories because that’s how I approach them. So many times something comes up in the media and my first reaction is: Ok, what’s the part that the media isn’t telling. My son’s school was featured on the news once for a story – and of course, the school couldn’t and wouldn’t talk so only the student’s side got told.

    4- I’m totally telling my friends to look out for Dandelion.

    5- At least when you stalk, you can point to Nathan and they’ll say “OOOH!” If I stare or stalk, I just look like a freak and if I tried to explain it, I would be sticking my foot in my mouth and they’d think I was a weirdo.

    7- So you’re surrounded by celebrities!?

    • Andi says

      Re: #5 – You’re assuming that the subject of my stalking can actually SEE Nathan. At Publix that day, he was in the car with SK. Yesterday at Chick-fil-A, he was already loaded in the car (with tinted windows, no less). So there’s still a few moments of “why is this lady talking to us” awkwardness.

  5. Jennifer Painter says

    1. Yes I saw and read the story of the walker and immediately thought of you and SK. I’d love to know if there is a “rest of the story” on that one. I’d be seriously looking for another school, if possible, if I was that mom.

    2. Yes you are published, silly girl!! And I’m going to tell everyone that I have a famous friend who is published!!

    3. I haven’t found myself stalking yet, but I do think of you often with I see a differently abled person working.

    4. SK is going to be famous too!!! What is Mr. Andi going to do to be famous? You know it’s only a matter of time before that little cutie patootie Nathan is on the cover of a magazine!!


  6. says

    Hi Andi :)

    I just wanted to let you know that I sent you a message with my own answers to your “Getting to know you” questions. I had fun, so any time you want to come up with more questions, I’m up for the challenge! :)


  7. says

    Everything counts as being published, even your sorority magazine. Good news, right? Actually, even if you guest post in someone’s blog, it counts. Want to guest post for me? 😉 No, for real, want to?