What if

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What if…

…I quit my job today and just left abruptly? Would everything here just stop, or would they carry on without me? I feel the weight of this job on my shoulders. I feel strongly that without me, these kids would suffer, but am I right? In the long run, what would happen if I left? Would they make it? Certainly, they’d try.

…I didn’t wear make-up or comb my hair? If I just decided to put my hair back in a pony-tail and went to work without make-up on, would it really matter? Could I still do my job? Sure, some people might say things about me looking tired, but does that matter? I am tired. Who cares if I look how I feel? My husband doesn’t wear make-up. Why do I take the time to meticulously cover up the dark circles and puffiness?

…I didn’t carefully guard every word I said? If I just spoke the truth and confronted others with my feelings, would the end results really be that devastating? Maybe it’s time to rip off the band-aid for once and hash it out. Let’s face it. Girls spend too much time beating around the bush. Sometimes I just get sick of all the BS and wish I could just say it like it is. It feels so much better afterward. Let’s just say our feelings and be done with it. The end.

…I didn’t do everything perfectly? If I allowed myself to make mistakes and didn’t beat myself up about it, would the world come to an end? Probably not. I’m not sure why I constantly feel the need to drive myself bonkers and make it all perfect. I know hardly anyone else cares about perfection. One of these days I’ll stop caring about perfection too (yeah right).

…I spent more time with my family and less time doing work? There’s an easy answer to that one. I’d probably find more happiness. If someone could tell me how to fit that in with my current schedule without falling dreadfully behind, I’d owe you a debt of gratitude.

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In the end, I just want happiness. The world of “what-ifs” and endless possibilities of things I could do better surround me. I want to do things better but feel trapped in the cycle and pressures of society. What if I didn’t care? Oh, that’s another question entirely.

Do you ever ask yourself “What if?” 

 

 

 

10 Things I Say Too Much

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Do you ever feel like life is one big long episode of Groundhog’s Day? Like you repeat the same actions, the same routines, and the same phrases every single day? I feel like there are many things I say too much. To finish out my round of clichés here, sometimes I feel like a broken record. groundhogs day things i say too much 10 Things I Say Too Much

  1. Put your shoes on! (after asking twice already)
  2. Why aren’t you wearing any pants?
  3. You can’t go outside without pants on!
  4. We have to do homework first…
  5. Yes, it’s a school day
  6. I don’t like that growling sound! Use your words!
  7. Please chew with your mouth closed.
  8. I’m missing you at the table!
  9. We don’t need juice/lemonade. How about milk/water?
  10. If you want something, you need to use your words, not your hands.

And all that’s just at home. I could build another list of things that I say too much at work.

 

 

 

 

Four Haikus

The mood struck me to just write four haikus today. Most of them are about family, but one is about nature, which is really what Haikus are supposed to be about, but I suppose I could say that the other three haikus are about the nature of my relationship with my son.

Haiku 1: Loving You Always

Loving you always
Means I accept Autism
But know it isn’t you

Haiku 2: Fall

Orange leaves now falling
Would signal shifting seasons
Yet we’ve seen no change

Haiku 3: The Darkness

Dark eyes look sullen
His hands no longer gentle
Where did my son go?

Haiku 4: Cherished Moments

Sweet kisses and hugs
With these moments so fleeting
You hold and cherish

my son

Cherished Moments – When We’re Happy

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Not Everyone I Know is a Service Provider or Autism Mom?

So, tonight we had this rare experience where we actually sat in a restaurant as a family and ate dinner together. I know. Shocking, right? Seriously. Not shocking because I’m an autism mom and we never go out because my child has autism. Screw that. I’m not letting any of that hold us back. It just felt like forever since we sat down in a real restaurant that didn’t have sticky tables and crummy kids’ toys. Plus, we needed to celebrate because we may actually get out of our staggering medical debt next month for the first time in two years thanks to The Manager getting a real bonus and in that moment, I may drop dead from actual shock.

Right. So, we sat in there in our booth. We always sit in a booth because you can’t trap children when you sit at regular tables. Chairs provide open spaces. If you sit in a booth, you put one adult with one child and one adult with the other child, and you’ve effectively provided a humane prison where the child gets trapped between the wall and an adult with space between for playing so no other patrons get disturbed. The only escape? The floor. Not that Squeaker doesn’t use the floor as an escape route; however, it takes more time than just hopping out of a chair.

But, I digress. We sat there, waiting for our overpriced food to arrive when two familiar faces came up to the table. I thought, “Oh no, I know these people. I hope they introduce themselves so that I don’t have to recall names.” I am horrible at remembering names and I just could not recall who these friendly fellow patrons called themselves. They said hello to my children and to me, didn’t really introduce themselves to my husband, and went to their table. My husband assumed my son knew one of them and started asking him about it. I mean, we meet most of the people we know either through the Autism Society or through his school. Why not? My son expressed frustration because he had no idea. He met them in passing a few times, but had no close relationship with either of them.

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It took me a long time to figure it out. I sat there and racked my brain. Where did I know them? How do they know us? How does my husband not know them? And that’s what gave me my ah-hah moment. Church. I know them from church. They’ve met my children and know their faces and names, but my children don’t really know them. After the church sermon, the kids go to their Sunday school and I go to mine with my age group, which is where I know this couple from. I need to do a better job remembering names, that’s for sure. But I came to this realization that while I’ve made all these efforts to tie us to the general population as well as the Autism Society, I forget sometimes that not everyone in our lives are services providers and Autism Moms. I’m starting to get a healthy mix of both sides of the world in my life. Now if I could only find time to actually socialize on more than a shallow level with either, I think I’d do really well. And maybe then I’d remember people’s names too.

Do you have trouble remembering names or have you got some kind of magic trick to help you remember?

 

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How One Year Feels Epic: Noticeable Progress

One year ago today, I posted this blog entry wherein I spoke about how difficult I found it to answer questions about Squeaker’s day or questions about his progress in school. Indeed, the question felt like a loaded one. At the time, it seemed like he grew academically, but constantly took two steps back with his behavior. When I compare how I felt last year to how I feel today, I know things have changed because of the noticeable progress in his behavior both at home and at school.

One year ago today, I had days where I felt uncertain over whether I should answer honestly when people asked me questions about my children. I felt like a Debbie Downer, honestly, because words of enthusiasm escaped me. Of course, even then, I guess I really needed to come up with some positives. Surely some existed. But, we went through a great deal of rough patches. Things have changed. Squeaker no longer goes to a self-contained classroom. He has modified assignments and support throughout the day, but he goes to regular classes with his peers most of the day and a great majority of the time, he now behaves appropriately. He no longer has the meltdowns he used to have at school. He may exhibit self-injurious behaviors once every few weeks, but the episodes don’t last. Overall, the child we saw last year has morphed into this more mature, though still a bit needy, little 2nd-grader.

progressOne year ago today, I came to work crying pretty consistently. I would stop myself just before I got out of the car so that I looked composed when I stepped into work. Our mornings started off rough, I never got there on time, and I hated it. I just wanted to be like everyone else at work and get there early enough to start my day before the kids came walking through the classroom doors. And, more than anything, I wanted my son to walk into his school without a fight or without dragging his feet. Now, I drop my son off at a daycare before going to work because he can handle going to a daycare with other kids his age and riding their daycare van to school in the mornings and back to daycare in the afternoons. I get to work on time with no tears involved. On top of that, he gets his shoes and socks on by himself this year before we leave the house, which is a freakin’ miracle, and I’m glad I started making him do that, because I can’t tell you how many times we got to school and he didn’t have shoes. This mama got fed up. No more. I don’t care how much he hates wearing shoes. We’re moving up in the world, I’m telling you.

One year ago today, I hardly ever bragged about my child or talked about my youngest boy. I feel horrible about that. Both my children deserve a place of esteem. You know people had no idea I had a second child, and that had to change. My youngest got lost in the shuffle way too much, and that’s so not okay. That’s my fault, not Squeaker’s, and adjustments got made because when someone gets ignored, they do things to show themselves and they shouldn’t have to. I am simply amazed by how well those two play together these days. They’re like best friends. Sometimes I kind of hate it because they do things that I wish they wouldn’t, but they’re comrades and I can’t help  but see the beauty in that. Big Guy will defend Squeaker sometimes when he gets in trouble, and it’s kind of cute. They still fight and argue and get on each other’s nerves, but mostly, they just love each other. I’ve raised wonderful, loving, giving boys, and I couldn’t feel more blessed. Certainly, I feel more blessed than I did last year this time when my mind felt clouded over by the stress of just dealing with everything going on all at once and Squeaker not handling school well. I’m so glad that this school year seems better, for the sake of both of us.

All in all, as far as my children go, things titled in the positive direction compared to this time last year.

How about you? If you did a comparison, how is your year going in comparison to last year? 

 

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