Category Archive: louisiana

Damn Near Full

To my son Cade on his recent graduation:   I’m so sorry. I’m sorry that I haven’t prepared you for the future that’s ahead of you. For the years when I will no… 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

Without a Voice

  It had been happening almost every day. And this morning was no exception. Cade’s allergies have been relentless. “Ugggh.” Cade grunted on the couch. The painful, frustrated sound was heard throughout the… 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

Beauty in the World

What is beauty? Sometime it’s evident by obvious physical characteristics. Sometime it’s right in front of you and sometime you have to search. Sometime it’s beautiful from the beginning and sometime what starts… Continue reading

Defining Moments

Cade Melerine was born on a steamy summer afternoon in New Orleans, Louisiana on July 10, 1997. Little did I realize just how much my life would change that day. I’ve taken care… Continue reading

Snow Day

“Do you want to build a snowman?” Sitting quietly on the couch, Cade gazed out the window. Sadly I watched as he missed out on the winter fun.  “I am sure he would… Continue reading

They Don’t Check Out

“Cade stop hitting your tablet,” I shouted. “It’s not nice to hit Atticus Finch,” he laughed. With his latest phase Cade pulls up images on electronic devices and smacks them.  When he is… Continue reading

Winds of Change

There are countless articles on keeping things routine for an autistic child.  “Avoid change” is repeated throughout these articles.  What good is it to shelter a child from change in an ever changing world?… Continue reading