New Shoes for the Next Road (#494)

It was past midnight when I got back home as the rain poured down. Jim went off to drive a fellow autism parent to a hotel and I went in to greet my parents. Charlie was soundly asleep under two fleece blankets. I went through two days of mail and found that the new shoes I had ordered for Jim for the conference had arrived, one day too late.

Now that the Autism and Advocacy conference is over—and being there together all day with Shawn and MothersVox and Mike McCarron (including two of my aunts, Charlie’s home coordinator, two of my Latin students, and so many, many others) was beautiful and transforming—-now with the conference over, the real work lies ahead of us: How to keep alive the spirit, the community, and the back-and-forth of dialogue that happened today?

I don’t know the answers. I hope we can do this in the days and months to come.

Maybe that is why Jim’s shoes came too late to wear to the conference: We have yet another road to walk along as we move on in Autismland, and new shoes newly soled are called for.

Thanks for walking this far with us, with Charlie, who as always leads the way.

3 Responses to “New Shoes for the Next Road (#494)”
  1. KC'sMommy says:

    Hi Kristina,

    How I wish I cold have attended the conference! I did read a litte bit about iton Autism Vox. It sounds like it was an awesome conference!


  2. It was amazing—-and it would have been even more so with you there! Next time….

  3. Mamaroo says:

    So sorry I missed it! A lot going on here and I had a hard time finding someone to “meet that yellow school bus”.

    I was thinking of you all!

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