This Is How We Do It

I am constantly asked this question:  Kristi, just how do you do it? My gut reaction is to snap back with something like Do what? You following me? I swear that wasn’t me who let her shopping cart roll off and dent the side of that Range Rover.  Second, I fear the is person quizzing me […]

No Words

If I count how many times someone has offered me a book about autism or a mom’s “journey” to cure her child’s autism, I can count how many times I’ve wanted to punch someone in the face. There, I said it.  Many have even read the book in advance in an attempt to relate to […]

Wait for it…

Last weekend my son J.R. broke his arm in two places.   He lost his footing climbing on the playground, and the result was deformity that looked like a lightning bolt jutting from his elbow down.  Needless to say, I was FREAKING THE FUCK OUT.  I can’t even explain the feeling. It was surreal and disturbing […]

50 Shades of Delay

In the middle of praying that no amount of technology could track the number of times I’d viewed the Fifty Shades of Grey trailer online, I got to thinking that 1) Universal Studios hadn’t received my audition tape for the role of Anastasia and 2) there are more than a few ways an autism mom can “get off,” […]

The Woman Who Will Rebuild America (surely not me!)

  The other night I read an article published in Scientific American that exposed just how far up an arse a normally bright person’s head can penetrate.  You are probably reeling from the fact that I just reported being able to comprehend an article written by Scientific American.  I am too! Here’s the skinny: this country’s leading (female!) brain in […]

Ten

Ten.  Ah, perfection- as irresistible as Bo Derek’s braids, as complete as Pearl Jam’s breakthrough album, and as unblemished as my wedding vow renewal.  So many images come in to mind as I contemplate my own connotations of the term ten.  And isn’t there just something so strong, so solid about an even number? Ten years ago […]

Around The World

You may have heard of the popular poem entitled “Welcome to Holland,” by Emily Perl Kingsley.  “Welcome to Holland” cleverly compares what parents experience raising a disabled child to an unexpected switch in travel plans. They’ve planned, packed, and longed for one destination yet for reasons unexplained, end up in another.  The poem is meant […]

The 4 Types Of Friends An Autism Mom (Like Me) Needs

As I helped my younger son prepare Valentine cards for what his public school calls “Friendship Day” (seriously?), I surprisingly zoned out and reflected upon what some of my own friendships meant to me.  You see, I had myself convinced for years that forming any type of meaningful relationship with a “typical” mom was not […]

Ain’t Love Grand?

I will never forget the day I first learned about autism. Bob and Suzanne Wright were on the Today Show to announce the advocacy group they freshly created in hopes to help families struggling with a puzzling disorder. They spoke about the beautiful, bright, charismatic grandson they knew one day, and the anxious, sad, withdrawn one they […]

Hide And Seek

“One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, niiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnne, TEN!” I count with my eyes shut tight, for I love this game just as much as my boys do.  Peering from behind a tree I enjoy a momentary silence, then hear a harmonious snicker from behind the bushes.  I can’t help but laugh because in […]