Why Monday Is Going to Be a Rough Day

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Seven years ago, Sarah Kate started kindergarten. I was nervous. She had only learned to stand still without assistance that summer, and we were new in town. Mr. Andi had arrived in March, but Sarah Kate and I didn’t come until two weeks before school started. We didn’t know the teachers, the system, or a […]

An Open Letter to Friends and Family of Special Needs Parents

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Do you mean what you say? You should. Because parents like me, with special needs kids and lots of irons in the fire, are counting on it. We all fail at meaning what we say and saying what we mean. I don’t claim innocence or perfection in this arena – not even a little bit. […]

I’m Heartbroken Today, and There’s Something I Want You to Know

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Friends, my heart is broken today. On Tuesday, February 17, a friend of mine since elementary school decided this world would be better off without him. Exactly one month earlier, a college friend of mine made the same choice. The first blow hit me hard; the second one broke my heart. My friend Stephen was one […]

The ABC’s of Patience (That I Need to Learn)

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He brings me a small stack of cards. I’m not sure why he doesn’t bring me the whole box of 52, but he doesn’t. He prefers to bring them in smaller batches. It could be that he simply likes the feel of the cardboard in his little hands, knowing that he is in control of […]

On Clouds and Sunshine

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It probably comes as no great shock to hear that I have struggled with the blog this summer. What you may not know is why. It’s not a lack of time or a shortage of topics that plagues me, but a fear of ripping off my emotional Band-Aids and letting the wounds ooze out onto […]

How Things Are Really Going

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No matter where I go these days (which, admittedly, isn’t that many places) or who I talk to, the question I always get is “How are things going?” What people mean, of course, is how is Sarah Kate doing – has she recovered from the surgery, is she progressing in therapy, and so on. I […]

The Thrill of Victory, The Agony of Defeat … and Something New to Trouble Me

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I am defeated. After several weeks of watching Sarah Kate struggle with one of the worst growth spurts she’s faced, I began to wonder if the orthopedist was wrong and we couldn’t afford to wait two more years to consider surgery. She couldn’t stand for softball practice, and her “crouch” was highly pronounced. It was […]

To the Lady in the Black Sedan…

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I get it. I understand why you did what you did. The main parking lot is a pretty long walk from the building, and the circular drive out front is always a clusterfark during pickup and dropoff for swim team. Your kids are old enough to be left at practice by themselves (I’m guessing 7-8?) […]