I was blessed with an unconventional father, although I must admit the blessing sometimes felt like a curse. He was a nice guy and people loved him because he was always fun to be around. But when I was younger, I longed for more of a Ward Cleaver-type father. My dad owned a restaurant, worked nights, smoked, gambled and drank too much. Life was one big party and he always made things interesting. I certainly learned a lot from him about what not to do. He wasn’t big on doling out advice (mostly because he knew I’d probably do the opposite of what he suggested), but I did gather several useful nuggets along the way. Continue reading Nuggets of Wisdom from an Unconventional Dad
It’s been a busy week! I’m grateful for all the shout-outs about my interview on 11 Alive, featuring Barrett and the story about the new garden at his middle school. I really appreciate the support (but still cringe whenever I view the clip). The excitement didn’t end there – the Huffington Post Parents posted one of my blogs, with Barrett’s picture front and center on the page. The boy is going to get an attitude! I was overwhelmed by all the positive comments and shares. Thank you, thank you, thank you! If you missed it, you can read the article by clicking here: Huffington Post.
As I stated in an earlier post, April is Autism Awareness Month, but April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. To be honest, I don’t know why we have both, but we do. I was contacted by the Huffington Post to answer the questions, “What is autism?” and “What is autism not?” Needless to say, I was very psyched to be selected. Double score, since they also picked Barrett’s picture to be published – because, of course, he’s gorgeous. You can read the article on the Huffington Post Parent’s page. I loved reading the thoughts of other parents. We are not alone!
What do you think autism is? What do you think autism in not?
I didn’t intend to time it this way, but this past weekend I had blogs published at the Huffington Post and Scary Mommy. They’re original pieces, so you can’t read them here, but I’ve provided links below.
A few weeks ago, I had an incident with Barrett in a California Pizza Kitchen, while on our February mini-road trip. I have petty thick skin when it comes to Bear and our escapade at CPK wasn’t my first time at this particular rodeo, but two things made it unique for me. The first was the way the restaurant manger handled our situation that night. The second was how similar the event was to an article I’d read at the Huffington Post a few weeks ago, titled To the Woman and Child Who Sat at Table 9. I decided to write about it and submit our story. Eleven months after my first try, I finally got a piece posted at the Huffington Post. Yay! Overall, the response has been positive, but as of yesterday, I received my first (published) negative response to my writing – so I’ve arrived! Surprisingly, I had a good reaction – I just laughed at the snide comment. Different strokes…
Read the article here:
I’ve also written an Atlanta Travel Guide for the website, Scary Mommy. The guides at Scary Mommy focus on things to do with your kids. It was hard to limit it to ten places (as I was asked to do), so I emailed my girls for input. Thank you for all the feedback. You can read the list at Scary Mommy.
I also posted my for blog at the Family Legacy Center (which was featured here last week). I happy to announce I’ve been asked back, and will be featured there monthly – writing about the topic of legacy, which is very important to me.
Thanks for all the support and encouragement! I’m grateful to ALL of you!