That moment

There is THAT moment when you realize everything you have done to KILL yourself for your kids has done nothing but harm them.

Suddenly you realize that they can’t think for even the slightest of moments for themselves.

They can’t problem solve the easiest of problems.

They dont have the capability of picking up a single piece of trash or taking a single glass to the kitchen because you have DONE IT ALL FOR THEM!

Stop it!

Stop it RIGHT NOW before you end up on my island.

Trust me. It’s not fun here and there is NO RUM!!!

Turn back while you can!

~me

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That one time

Yeah…. there is that ONE TIME when the mom of the kid who has made your daughter’s life hell, texts you for HELP because her daughter is being horrifically bullied over social media and all you wanna do is scream…. KARMA IS A BITCH, bitch!

But then you realize, her daughter, like your daughter is just a child and no one deserves at ANY age (but 14 especially) to be called the names she was called over social media.

You hear in the little voice in the back of your soul…”When they go low, we go HIGH”(- Michelle Obama) and then you HELP HER.

#ParentingSucks

#LivingByExample

#TreatEVERYONEWithLoveAndKindness

~me

I Try

I tell ya…. I try, and I try. I build my fences, I give my lessons, I guide them, steer them, talk to them, listen to them. I pay for the best teachers even when money is tight. I try everything the “experts” say to do to raise smart, kind, positive children to become worthwhile hard working citizens of the world. I try. REALLY I do.

But then they become teenagers and I think sometimes you have to just throw your arms up and say…. “ok, fine, you win”…. and let natural consequences take over.

You wanna do THIS, this… on your own? No help? The most IMPORTANT thing you’ve been wanting for 5 years…. THIS you know better than anyone else on?????

Ok. Fine…. don’t come crying to me later.

But of course… she will. Come crying to me later.

And of course…. I will stretch my arms open wide say, come here baby, let me hold you. And then hug all the fears and sadness away until you can take a breath and whisper…. it’s all gonna be just fine.

#parentingsucks

~me

My Little Atheist

So last night the words came out of my daughter’s mouth… “MOM, I JUST DON’T BELIEVE IN ALL THIS GOD STUFF… WHAT’S THE WORD WHEN YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN ANYTHING LIKE THAT, LIKE NONE OF IT?” I replied…. “Atheist?” “YEAH, THAT! THAT’S WHAT I AM.”

Well okay then.

I’m not going to say I understand her point of view. I can only say that as long as I can remember, I have known GOD. I have known there was something grander than myself, something ruling the universe. I have felt Him in the depths of my soul. I have been mad at Him. I have loved Him. I have stopped talking to Him. I have talked to Him. I have written to Him. I have ignored Him. I have thought about Him and I have not thought about Him… I have honored Him and boy he knows I have DIS-honored Him….. but he has ALWAYS existed.

My daughter does not believe he exists.

While I honor her choice in her own personal beliefs, it DOES hurt me. I don’t want it to hurt me. But, it hurts nonetheless. I feel like I have failed her in some way.

She told me, “I don’t want to disappoint you or make you unhappy by telling you this, but its just the truth.” I know she means it.

I do not understand why she wants to continue going to the church youth group though, so I asked. She answered. “Pastor Jon has said, you do not have to believe to belong. I enjoy going, I have found a place I enjoy spending time in and feel like I belong. So please do not make me stop going. My group leaders know I don’t believe in prayer and they just allow me to sit quietly during that time, and I do. So can we please continue to go?”

My answer was simple and to the point. “Pastor Jon is right, you do not have to believe to belong. As long as our schedule permits, we will continue to go.”

So yeah… there’s that.

I was thinking about it long and hard. I think I am saddened because I wish I had believed in God before now. I said I always knew he existed, I never said I always believed. Believing is trusting for me. I have significant trust issues I am realizing the older I am getting. Thinking this morning, wondering, why do people only start to believe – or trust – in God when time’s are bad? It seems, the better things are for you in your life the further you get from God. I was a spoiled kid, the more I got the less I “needed from God.” I see this in my daughter. Maybe my sadness is that part of me that wished I knew just how MUCH God could give me is being reflected back to my in the form of my daughter.

I will NEVER be the parent that tells my kids what to do, how to feel. I mean I tell them to clean their room and take out the trash – that kinda stuff. I’m talking about life living stuff. I am never going to tell my kids they have to take this class and they MUST get an A and you have no choice in or IF you go to college. I will give them all their options and help them make a grounded well informed decision. I will never tell them what they are going to be when they are an adult. I believe in the ability to make those choices for ones self. So… if my daughter does not believe God exists, then that is her prerogative.  I just hope she knows while she feels she has shut that door in her life, that door is never locked and it can be re-opened anytime. I say the words… but you know… she’s almost fourteen, you never know what gets heard.

I guess my mother was right… “we have time to think about this one.”

~me

Struggling

I am going to admit I am struggling this holiday season. I don’t know why I just know it to be true. Something is happening within me and the turmoil is real.

I hate my life!

Yes. You read that right! Please don’t come to me if you read this and try and tell me all the reasons my life is so awesome.

This is not the life I wanted. This is not the life I dreamt of. I don’t know how I ended up here, but the sooner I admit the truth of the turmoil inside me – maybe it will stop.

Now don’t get all. “Oh my God, you wanna kill yourself!” I didn’t say that. I said I HATE MY LIFE!

I do. I hate the fact that I lost two kids before I got these two kids. I hate the fact that my kids BOTH MY KIDS have all these effin weird assed special needs. I hate the fact that I had to have an abortion after all that I went through. I hate the fact that my ex turned out to be a MAGNIFICENT disappointment, and continues on that route day in and day out. I hate the fact that he doesn’t help to support his special needs kids in any way shape or form. I hate that my ex inlaws think that they can tell me what to do with and about my kids. I hate that my parents do NOT get the fact that my kid has autism and is differently than just “some bratty kid that doesn’t want to brush his teeth!” I hate the fact that my brothers and I don’t talk. I hate the fact that I couldn’t attend my nephews wedding. I hate the fact that my two best friends live on the OTHER SIDE of the country. I hate that I am lazy. I hate that I am so undisciplined. I hate that I have no time. I hate that I’m so tired ALL THE TIME. I hate that I am so far in debt I may have to claim bankruptcy. I hate the fact that there is no easy way out for me. I hate that my parents didn’t make me exercise as a kid. I hate the fact that the feel of sweat dripping down my body grossed me out to a level I never knew existed. I hate that many people who say are my “friends” are simply just colleagues or acquaintances. I hate the fact that I the man I just want to have mad passionate sex with is married. I Hate that the IUD I paid a fortune to get in has BARELY been used. I hate that I had to run to the store tonight because I had nothing in my house to make for dinner. I hate the fact that I still think of a past love that left me as much as I do. I hate the fact that I started to think putting food delivery on my credit card was the end all be all response for my “issues.” I hate the fact that I struggle so much with my faith. I hate that I do NOT understand the Bible better. I hate the fact that I try to talk to Jesus and he never responds. I hate that I don’t see a future in my future. I hate the fact that I can’t drink anymore. I hate that I have lost who I am. I hate that something as easy as taking a shower is so difficult. I hate that I am in so much pain all day, every day. I hate that no one can SEE the pain that I feel all day every day. I hate the fact that I can’t even BEGIN to tell you all that I hate about my job. I hate the traffic I have to deal with in this town every day. I hate our government. I hate our president. I hate all the me. Who think it’s ok to just whip their penis out when they are alone ina room with a woman. I hate the fact that I actually had the though, why NOT #MeToo What’s wrong with ME? I hate the color of my hair. I hate that I am addicted to Diet Coke and these incredibly delicious yet salty Amy flower seeds. I hate that my kid is sick again. I hate that she has to deal with epilepsy now. I hate that the meds are so hard to get just right. I hate that the farmers market guy didn’t have all my basil I needed. I hate that I have to listen to YouTube blah blah blah after youtube blah blah blah. I hate that one chicks voice that my daughter listens to. No grown woman should sound like that. I hate that I had to put the boot back on today. I hate that everything is so fucking expensive now. I hate that I have no where to turn. I hate that I hate so damned much in my life.

So yeah. I hate my life. This is so NOT where I thought I would be at 48+years old.

No. I didn’t proof read what I wrote. I just HAD to get that out.

I HATE MY LIFE

~me

We Try

Everyone talks about the joys of raising children. Everyone knows there are hard times and how many times have we heard “but the joys make it ALL worth it!”

I will bet money every time a phrase like that is uttered it is done so by a Family who have very typical children.

The rest of us are struggling. Struggling every single day to just make it through. We try. We really do. We TRY to believe it will ALL be worth it in then end but right now, in the midst of the struggle it is hard.

It is hard not knowing why this pill makes your daughter puke once with no warning, rhyme or reason. It’s hard then having to drop everything you’re doing to go take her out of school for the rest of the day because school policy states, if you vomit you leave. It doesn’t state, if you vomit because your epilepsy pills are assholes, you can stay. It doesn’t matter if what you, as the parent was doing was getting your first hour of actual good sleep since you yourself has been down with a fever and bronchitis for 7 days. and it doesn’t say, it’s ok, you have peed through every pair of underwear you own. It doesn’t matter that walking to your car makes you feel as though an elephant is sitting on your chest.

It doesn’t matter that it all happens on the day your daughter can NOT miss her show choir rehearsal because this is THE DAY when competition set placements are being handed out. The choir she’s dreamed of, worked so hard to be in, today is the DAY!

Then it doesn’t matter that 30 minutes later the same pills that made her puke have her now so hungry she devours a one pound black bean and cheese burrito and a half a bag of spicy nacho Doritos and she feels fine.

It doesn’t matter that the second trip to the car to take her BACK to school for rehearsal starts a coughing fit so bad that it takes you six minutes to get it to stop and she’s almost late.

It doesn’t matter that your autistic son is have an “autism wednesday.” Yes. It’s true, there is “something” about several kids I know on the spectrum and Wednesday. Wednesday and autism are simply not friends. There is no rhyme. There is no reason. There is just autism.

None of this matters when you should be home asleep and “resting” as per the doctors orders but you are running all over town. Not to mention the guilt and need to be working during this crazy time at your job in television.

Is it ALL going to be “worth it” some day? I sure hope so. There are moments when I like to believe yes. But days like today make me wonder what it’s ALL for.

I am an incredibly faithful woman but some days simply push me to my limit, and yet…. I try.

~me

There are some days when being a mom of a boy with autism is challenging. What turns challenging into frustrating is when you have to battle Family as much as you have to educate the general public on what it means to have a boy with autism. What turns frustrating into maddening is when Family who know just enough to get themselves in trouble, begin to tell you what’s best for your boy with autism, like “wouldn’t it be better to just not let him play with other kids?”

Yes. THAT HAPPENED.

So, kids, with nerf guns, at a party, are being little (I won’t use the word I so WANT to use right now) “aggressive,” not following the “rules” that the hostess made a giant deal about when there were 5 kids there, and no adults are doing anything about it, because, “they’re doing it to everyone.” The behaviors are deemed acceptable and my child is just, and yes I quote, “really sensitive.”

Yeah F YOU!

Then, to have now labeled “really sensitive” kid’s grandmother say, “well maybe it’s best if he just doesn’t do these things” is just mind blowing to me.

Yes, of course I tried advocating for my son. What’s MORE important is my son, ADVOCATED FOR HIMSELF!

So if you have ever read any of my writings you know I am a person who HAS to find the positive part of every story, it’s what allows me to live in this horribly depressing universe with horrible and depressing people. I find the beautiful sunset just before the dark kinda girl!

So here it is. Not so long ago, if my kid had been shot several times in the face/neck, laughed at, and teased relentlessly, he would have lost ALL control in a split second instant and beat the living crap outta that kid. (Impulse control issues) OR depending on the hour or minute of the day, he would an uncontrollable meltdown (hello autism) heard in the neighboring states. Neither of which happened.

When it got to be too much and he was done with them trying to rip HIS gun out of his hand (which they were not doing to the others), when he was over them cheating during the game (staying in when they were out, stealing bullets, etc) and when his words stopped working (hey, don’t shoot me in the face, dude) he simply, walked away.

“Mom, can I please just sit here for a little bit, and take a break? This (pointing to the nerf course set up) isn’t working for me.”

Self-Advocacy for the point.

He articulated everything happening in there and that he felt it wasn’t nice or fair.

Articulation, impulse control, advocacy for the safety and empathy for others: point, point, point, point.

“Ok Mom, I am going to give it another try wish me luck!” He put on his safety goggles (with OUT being told to, mind you) and went back in. Point. Point.

“Ok yeah, no Mom, this isn’t working, can I please just go get my iPad and sit out, oh and I’m hungry, can I please have some pizza?”

Point point point

“Of course!” I quickly replied to all three very well articulated requests.

But that’s not all

After playing on iPad, after eating, after breathing… HE WENT BACK IN! 3-point SHOT lil man!

I’ll admit he wasn’t in long. During this last trial, is when the “they’re not being mean, they’re doing it to everyone,” and “he’s just so sensitive, what’s that called? Sensory overload?” comments all started flying. And that’s when we decided, TOGETHER HIM AND ME, it was time to leave the party.

Point total = A WIN!

A while later, talking about it with his grandparents, is when I got the question, “well wouldn’t it be better for him to just not do those things?”

No, you see, kids like that will have to deal with kids like mine, for the rest of their lives so if I hide my son they will never learn that there is no price to being kind to someone who may be different than themselves. If my son doesn’t spend time with (a world I don’t want say here) like these kids he will never learn that there are mean people that HE will have to deal with his whole life.

You see darling Grandmother, much more was gained here than lost. Did you see how when he had a problem he came to an adult got help? Did you see when he couldn’t take anymore he didn’t hit someone he instead chose to “take a break” did you see that he spent 20 min on his iPad alone instead of the WHOLE PARTY? did you see, did you see did you see????

“yeah, so? What’s the big deal, why do you always make a big deal over what is just normal?”

And this is where MOMMY’S SELF-ADVOCACY kicked in…. “common kids, it’s time to go!” Mommy needs to leave!

As a special-needs mom, there are times when you have to throw in the towel. There was NOTHING I was going to say at that party, or with my mother that was going to change anyone’s perception, so it was time to walk away.

In the car ride home, both kids said, now we know why we’ve never been to any of our cousin’s birthday parties, yeah, his friends and their parents are just mean.

Later, my little man asked me as we said our nightly prayers, “mom, why didn’t ANY of those parents make those kids stop behaving like that and make them follow the rules?” I simply replied, “I don’t know, honey, but I am SOOOO proud of how YOU behaved today! You made YOUR Mommy, very proud!” Then we prayed for more kindness and tolerance in the world.

~me