Here There Be Dolphins

We had a little triumph yesterday at the beach and it wasn't of a swimming sort. Charlie did have a superb time in the ocean (a bit more on that to follow), Afterwards, Charlie, in accordance with the latest routine, asked to ride the ferris wheel. We stopped for some sandwiches—I'm a vegetarian but I … Continue reading

Siesta Time?

For the past two weeks, Charlie's been taking a late afternoon (5pm-ish) nap, after coming home from school, snacking, using the computer. We've been usually waking him (or trying to) after about an hour using 'natural noise' (turning on the radio, opening a window) and his iPod Touch timer. Even without these, Charlie generally only … Continue reading

Like Dad Like Son

Saturday's reflection on Charlie being, like Jim, a historian contains my reflections on Father's Day. Wishing all the dads out there a lovely day with those you love! Saturday, both my guys made a visit to the barber shop. I paid for parking while Jim and Charlie went ahead; they were both waiting in tan … Continue reading

Solo, cont’d

Monday was a holiday here in the US, Memorial Day. Charlie's internal clock knew only that it was Monday, so he was ready to go to school. His teacher had sent home a social story and I quickly read it to him as he asked to go into the white car. We instead went on … Continue reading

Clothes Maketh the Charlie

Saturday started with rain showers and clouds; became gloriously sunny with a blue sky to match; ended with a magnificent wind sweeping clouds and dirt and dust around and with rolling gusts reminiscent of what it's like at the ocean. We walked through it all, Charlie leading the way. He seems to have evolved into … Continue reading

The Mother’s Day Post….one week early

Looks like I'm a week early on this; as well—once a mother, always a mother, and not just for one day in May, no?  I like being a mother.  More specifically, I like being Charlie's mother. Charlie being Jim's and my only child, I don't know what it would be like to parent a child … Continue reading

Marking Time

 In preparing for the Greece trip, I put a mental "not thinking about this till after we get back" note on a number of things. Consequently, I just realized that Charlie has Spring Break next week: I knew this would fall around Easter and I knew Easter is April 4th, but now I know, no … Continue reading

Marking Time

 In preparing for the Greece trip, I put a mental "not thinking about this till after we get back" note on a number of things. Consequently, I just realized that Charlie has Spring Break next week: I knew this would fall around Easter and I knew Easter is April 4th, but now I know, no … Continue reading

Gravity

It's here! Gravity Pulls You In: Perspectives on Parenting Children on the Autism Spectrum, edited by Kyra Anderson and Vicki Forman, just published by Woodbine Press. And containing the writing of many parents, some of whom I've had the good fortune actually to meet and share a meal with (Vicki herself, Bruce Mills—we've met his … Continue reading

Many Hearts Day

Sunday being the middle day of a three-day weekend due to President's Day for Charlie (following a week minus two days due to Mother Nature sending an awful lot of snow), and it also being a bit warmer and the sun shining brilliantly, what could we do but go to Charlie's favorite-most place, our favorite-most … Continue reading

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