Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcometh the world. ~ August Pullman’s Precept, Wonder, RJ Palacio

The very best thing about today’s 7th & 8th grade awards assembly?

Hearing students and teachers loudly whooping and hollering and applauding for your son when his name is called.

The second-best thing?

At the end of the assembly when several students come up to you to say, “Hi Daniel’s mom!” One even took the time to introduce himself and shake my hand.

The third best thing?

My kid was the only one who made a point to step away after receiving his awards to come hug his mom. Parents around me were hella jealous because what 7th or 8th grader does that?…in public?

I might have gotten a little teary at today’s awards assembly. Perhaps I shouldn’t have been listening to Adele’s new album, 25, on my way to the school.


and yes, Karen, this was a good week!


If it’s November it’s time for report cards and teachers conferences and hearing about the inappropriate things your teenaged son might have said in the classroom because teenaged boys do that sometimes.

I’m learning so much about teenaged boys that I have never known before. Somehow I think my brothers failed me on this. Then again, teenaged me wanted very little to do with them…and vice versa.

But I digress…

If it’s November it’s time for report cards and teachers conferences and hearing what teachers have to say about your son including the fact that he currently is enjoying a 3.83 GPA.

So far 7th grade life is pretty fine. 3.83 fine.


reading together

Thanks to the cool picks of the week recommendation from what is becoming one of my current favorite podcasts, Spawned, Daniel and I are reading together

this book.

Oh my goodness! Have you read this book, Wonder?

You should. Your kids should. Your parents should. Everyone should.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid,with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

~publisher’s description

For Daniel, he has so much to relate to here. Daniel and Augie both yearn to be ordinary and blend in like the rest of their middle school peers. But, as we read this book together…and OMG, we are reading this together with Daniel voicing disappointment when it is time stop reading this book together until tomorrow…Daniel is, just like Augie, realizing that it is almost impossible for him to blend in when he clearly was born to stand out.

There is so much to love, love, love about this book for me…a character Daniel can identify with and somehow stand taller and prouder as he shares that…the fact that Daniel is reading, reading well and enjoying reading something that is not video game or Lego related…but one of the best things I love about this book is it reminds Daniel how he lives is the best way always.

When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.

After reading Mr. Browne’s September Precept, Daniel looked up smiling.

That’s me, Mom. I always choose kind…because it’s always the right thing.

As we all should…always.

Read this book.

conversation starters

Working on interpersonal interactions, Daniel had homework to do; homework that was basically conversation starters.

Was I willing to do this exercise with him, he wondered?

But of course! I’m his mom. I’m his super nerdy-homework-is-fun-as-long-as-it-isn’t-math mom.

So we sit down together and work on our conversation starters exercise. I am to start and he is to continue answering back with two to three sentences. We’re working on interpersonal interactions here because it has been proven on occasion that not everyone wants to talk about Hot Wheels cars and Lego sets and video games.

Crazy, I know!

Glancing at the ten conversation starters, I’m thinking this is going to be easy-peasy, lemon squeezy. Daniel sighs because mom is saying easy-peasy, lemon squeezy again.

First one: So I heard that there was a fire on your street…

There was a fire? Oh my god! Where?

No, son. There wasn’t really a fire. It’s the conversation starter. I say, “So I heard that there was a fire on your street..” And you answer back…

So there wasn’t a fire on our street.

No son. How about you answer back something like, “Yes, last night in front of my neighbor Don’s house…”

Don’s house?! Don’s house was on fire? But you said there was no fire.

There was no fire. We’re just pretending while we practice conversing. Pretend that there was a fire.

Why would I pretend something so bad like Don’s house being on fire?

Don’s house isn’t really on fire.

Then why would we talk about something like that? It’s not even true! Oh my god, mom!


Do you have any math homework?

But what about my Speech homework?

because the searching is more than half the fun!

Easter is coming and more than anything else in the world, except for all the Lego Batman sets and the Lego Batman 3 WiiU game, my son wants an Easter Egg Hunt.

But wait! He hates eggs…hard boiled, over easy, sunny side up, any other way…he does not like eggs. He doesn’t want to eat them.

But he wants to hunt for them.

Because he wrote a letter to the Easter Bunny. And he is hoping for an Easter Egg Hunt.

We’ll discuss our failure as parents to make this child, living on the spectrum, who takes almost everything at face value…if the Easter Bunny is not real then is God really real later…or y’all can get in line behind this wonderful woman offering your sage advice on raising a child with special needs because you have already successfully done just that. Later.

Right now this kid wrote a most sincere letter to a bunny rabbit and is hoping for an Easter Egg hunt come Sunday morning..

So I consult Oh Mighty Pinterest and…


Of course I realize that this is an Easter Egg Hunt for your hubby...which serves to remind me that not only have I mom-failed but most definitely wife-failed too.

Whatever Pinterest!

I’m taking this idea and working it for me, for my son, because it’s Easter and he believes in the Easter Bunny and he wants to hunt eggs.

Hunt eggs he shall!

You thought that I would make this easy?


It’s going to be fun. Really.

There will be New Testament talk too, I assure you…imagine any Big Bang Theory Penny ~ Sheldon dialogue and don’t judge…unless you are living a life on the spectrum too.

It’s his life, on his time, and it is more than okay.

The hunt will come in two days, as Easter Egg hunts do.