Posted in October 2009

all you need to know

  *** I wonder ~ Do you know that I sneak into your room to watch you sleep, secretly hoping that you might wake up, even for a second? When you do wake up and I’m not here, do you wonder where I am? Do you understand why Mama has to go to work, baby? … Continue reading

just start

* “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase; just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr * In our first official act, the Inclusion Committee has established a column in our school’s newsletter. OK, so I carved it out of the Parent’s Advisory Council Liaison’s column. Which wasn’t … Continue reading

so dumb

“Stupid is a SAD word. Dumb is kinda like saying STUPID.” ~ Brooke *** Katie had asked me to come into her room “to talk for just a moment, Mama”. A moment quickly gave way to an hour. Little Miss didn’t need to talk, she needed to TALK. *** “Like when I have play dates over … Continue reading


“Meeeeee I have another muffin please?” “Sweetie, you asked very nicely, but we’re only having one each. If you want one later, you can have it after dinner, OK? First dinner and then muffin.” “But I really want one.” (Brooke’s new and almost irresistible attempt to get anything and everything that she wants) “I know, … Continue reading

buttoned up

* * “Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal: my strength lies solely in my tenacity” ~ Louis Pasteur Buttoning, I think I mentioned recently, is a new, hard won skill. But like all new skills in our world, it’s not consistently available. It plays hide and seek and dissapears … Continue reading

excuse me – the heathen version

Ed Note ~ If you’re easily offended, this may not be the post for you. If you think it best, I promise not to hold it against you if you simply click somewhere else and come on back tomorrow. But if you decide to keep reading, you can’t say I didn’t warn you. And the … Continue reading


“Worry is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” ~ Arthur Somers Roche I have something of a publisher’s block this morning. It’s not writer’s block. No, I’ve got plenty to write. In fact, I have plenty that I’ve already … Continue reading

tipping the scales

* * I’m at Hopeful Parents today. Come on over and drop me a line, would ya? Please? I stayed up waaaaaay past my bedtime on a FRIDAY NIGHT writing it. So I guess I can’t promise no typos. It could be a bit of a mess actually. But heck, I never promised you no … Continue reading

a living eulogy

* “Michael O’Sullivan was my great friend. But I don’t ever remembering telling him that. The words that are spoken at a funeral are spoken too late for the man who is dead. What a wonderful thing it would be to visit your own funeral. To sit at the front and hear what was said, … Continue reading

snack time conversation

* * Yesterday morning, Luau took Brooke to the doctor. In and of themselves, these trips are a reminder of just how far she’s come. Up until about eighteen months ago, Brooke was morbidly afraid of any kind of doctor. Every visit was an epic struggle through a full-on melt down. She would kick and … Continue reading