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  • An Online Romance, Part Three

    One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking forward to a visit from him within the next few weeks. I'm fascinated about the fact that ...
  • An Online Romance, Part Two

    One of the biggest pieces of news that has occurred in our household in the last year has been A.'s budding long-distance relationship with M., a friend she met on the Internet who lives in California. She has yet to meet this young man, but we are looking forward to a visit from him within the next few weeks. I'm fascinated about the fact that ...
  • Maturity and Optimism

    This past week was a rough one. I was working long hours each day, and A. was having a crisis at her school. One of her good friends, E., stopped having anything to do with her. I'm still not sure what happened. As much as I can gather, other students have started a rumor that A. is, in fact, NOT autistic, and it seems like E. might believe these ...
  • Writing Messages of Hope

    A couple of weeks ago, A. started arriving home from school with various affirmations written all over her body. These affirmations proclaimed such positive thoughts as, “You are beautiful just the way you are!” and “You are loved,” and — my personal favorite — “Everyone is a composer of their own work.” The messages were written in black ink, in ...
  • Watching My Daughter Become A Teenager

    I love my daughter because she's paranoid about missing her TCAPS. ''I can't get sick,'' she says. ''If I miss school, I'm screwed.'' I love my daughter because she fills her agenda with dramatic annotations: I love my daughter because she creates ''remixes'' of characters from various series and writes new stories about them. (i.e. ...
  • Sneaky McSneak Sneak

    There seems to have been an underlying theme for the holidays, and that theme is Sneakiness. A. started off the holiday weekend by weaseling her way into a shortened school day on Tuesday, the last day of school before Thanksgiving Break. The whole family had been suffering from some sort of ailment over the few days leading up to Thanksgiving, ...