Category Archive: hero

When Nothing Else Matters

Patch — Spackle — Sand — Prime — Paint. That’s how it’s done. Trust me on this one. It was 2:00 am. Cade just kicked a two foot hole into  the wall next… Continue reading

Being the Bigger Person

There’s a couple seats near the front of the theater, aisle seats nonetheless. The perfect spot for a trip to the movies with Cade. Outings with autism are best when carefully planned. Our… Continue reading

Canned Peaches

“You know what else everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, ‘Let’s get some parfait,’ they say, ‘Hell no, I don’t like no parfait.’? Parfaits are delicious!” In my… Continue reading

Unconditional Love

“Oooh…” Walking toward the couch Cade murmured. “You don’t sit on the glass.” Like a bandit with a guilty conscience, Cade proceeded to give himself away. “Now you broke it.” Unfortunately, I knew… Continue reading

Dance

“Why bother?” Staring in the bathroom mirror, I asked myself. “Why bother attempting a family vacation?” The scratches across my forehead and neck made me question myself. Traveling with autism presents many unique… Continue reading

What the F##k?

There I sat in disbelief. On the cold travertine tile surrounding the toilet flange, I chiseled away. Once again, brother-in-law Brett broke the commode. Although forty-five, he remains eternally twelve. Pulsating through the sewer pipes, Brett’s… Continue reading

Traditions

Traditions–we all have them. Good or bad, they’re a part of who we are. To me Halloween will always mean carving pumpkins with Cade while watching The Nightmare Before Christmas. My job at… Continue reading

Summertime with Nana

I love my Nana the most Nana the most Nana the most I love my Nana the most Yes I do “Nana” is what Cade calls my sister Iris. Yes, she taught him this… Continue reading

Inclusion

What’s the world like through the eyes of innocence? Somewhere over the spectrum I see the wonder. I see the wonder of a world not tainted by ignorance and hatred; where superheroes exist and fairy tales… Continue reading

Dreams

Seeing so many young people graduating brings back great memories. “What are your plans for the future?” I remember people asking this very question when I myself graduated from high school. I remember the… Continue reading