Happiness Is...When Finian came home from school today, I just finished listening to (yet another) particularly gloomy news report about the economy. The wind was howling, the rain was lashing fiercely against the windows and all in the world seemed grey and hopeless. I was feeling scared, angry and helpless when in bounced Finian.He zoomed around the…See More
In the last few days I became uncomfortably aware of an article doing the rounds promoting the notion that parents have a favourite child (apparently there's a guy promoting a book about sibling rivalry, which I don't need to read. I have three brothers and three sisters and basically we learned to eat fast and run faster). While it's an intriguing topic, it initially had me running screaming to my favourite river…See More
In keeping with my new outlook to live in the Here & Now (as opposed to the big, bad ,scary future), I've been paying closer attention to the things that make me happy.Throughout the week I used my mobile to capture random moments that gave me a burst of joy, no matter how abstract (or just plain sad) they were.Here they are, in no particular order. Point and laugh as you will. This…See More
Adapting to life with autism is a dangerous business, and I used to enjoy indulgent little moments when I'd believed I'd cracked it.I've read the dreamy books about the autie kid who progresses from being a screaming dervish of poo and vitriol to being a calm, (non-poo flinging) auto-bot who says "please" and "thank you" and definitely never, ever dips toilet roll in the loo and eats it.That would never happen at the end of these stories.Dreams like this are seductive, but have no place in…See More
There are very few of us on Planet Autism who have escaped "Sleep Issues".Those two little words could innocently trip off the tongue and be regarded as a minor annoyance to Those Not In The Know."Sleep Issues" sounds somehow benign and official , like something that could be efficiently handled with an application form and a rubber stamp.We make wry jokes about needing intravenous caffeine…See More
I should be miserable.It's raining......and it's not the rain I like, which is the take-the-skin-off-your-back rain with hair on it's chest and fire in it's belly. The kind that sounds like there's a small army of steel toed tap-dancers on acid doing an electric boogaloo on your roof.But no, it's that half-hearted, snivelly sort of drizzle that can't quite decide if it's going to fade dully…See More
I always knew living with autism was hard but only, it would seem, in an academic kind of way.(I hasten to add that these are not my arms)Over the years we've plodded on through the tiresomeness of appointments, struggled to bear the weight of our grief at having an autistic child and fought to master the principles behind the therapies we have to administer.Having an autie kid brings…See More
Your mission today, should you chose to accept it, requires you to create a brand new word to describe The Autie Day From Hell (with the pleasant twist that it didn't end up too bad).You can restore all your other adjectives to their original factory settings, as none of them do justice to the whole new level of lunacy we reached today.It was like a giant, autistic, Russian Doll of…See More
"As a coffee drinker myself, the title might make me feel excluded or not up to par! Sort of like not having Cheryl's waist. (lol) I think that your blog makes some great points, happiness and contentment are not found on the shopping channel,…"
One of my pre-recession pleasures in life used to be curling up on the sofa with a glossy magazine and a small vat of tea.I made happy sighing noises at the sheer gorgeousness of the perfect life that was just within my grasp...all I needed was a credit card and a shopping list of this season's must-haves (be it phones, clothes, cars...take your pick). These lovely, shiny pages promised me I could be young/thin/rich/healthy/calm/clever while effortlessly being a gourmet chef/chic…See More
Bob and his big sister were invited to a birthday party yesterday at a really nice play-centre-type-place.I was a little anxious as I wasn't familiar with the place and didn't have much time to prepare for the party.And I'm not the one with autism.So Big Sister catapulted herself into a small tornado of 10 year olds, and wasn't spotted in civilised society for three happy hours.Meanwhile my understanding friends weren't offended at my poor conversation skills, lack of eye contact and intense…See More
Anyone who has a child on the autistic spectrum will know what it's like to have issues (or as I prefer to call them screaming bouts of frothing hysteria) with food.Actually, scratch that...anyone with children will know what it's like.I have a 13 year old neuro-typical son (if it's not against the law to apply that term to a teenager) who has retreated, permanently it would seem, to…See More
My husband James and our friend Paul are on the final stretch of their epic fundraiser cycle for Bob's autism unit. This afternoon they will coast into the most northerly point in Ireland at Malin Head, after leaving the most southerly point in Mizen Head six days ago.Hope their brakes work.The imprint of a saddle will be permanently tattooed on their backsides, for anyone brave enough…See More
In the last few days I became uncomfortably aware of an article doing the rounds promoting the notion that parents have a favourite child (apparently there's a guy promoting a book about sibling rivalry, which I don't need to…
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