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

Forgiveness

This was the tone shortly after midnight. If you are reading out loud please put ear muffs on your little ones. The following was from a post I made on Facebook at 1:00 a.m. this… Continue reading

Words

“Come on.” Curling my index finger I called Cade to the bunny slope. “Hamburger Helper!” He yelled. A feeling of frustration was evident in his voice. Slowly Cade scooted his way across the snow.… 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

Lemonade

I have never understood the phrase “God never gives you more than you can handle.”  The very definition of suicide is people who were given more than they could handle.  My life is… Continue reading

What’s That Smell?

The aroma was intoxicating as I entered our home.  The smell of fresh baked cookies filled the air.  Cade and I marched toward the kitchen to discover no cookies.  Slowly my hand waved over the… Continue reading

A Day with Cade

“Gillette, the best a man can get.”  Cade stared in the mirror with one eyebrow raised.  His electric razor buzzed as he prepared for a shave. “Dad?”  He asked for my attention.  “What… 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

Cover Up Your Hoo-Ha

“Nice pubes!” my nephew  jokingly exclaimed as Cade walked down the hallway.  Cade was feeling fresh and clean as he strutted carefree with his towel in hand. “Cover up your hoo-ha Cade,” he told… Continue reading