Is everyone chasing normal?

I just read an interesting article on another blog I am following. It's http://bloom-parentingkidswithdisabilities.blogspot.com, a children's rehabilitation hospital in Canada. I started reading the posts on this blog, one after the other. It felt like I had landed in familiar territory. These were MY people. But let me return to the article.  The author was discussing how parents ...

“Sophie’s Choice”

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Sophie's Choice, is the title of a 1979 novel by William Styron, about a Polish woman in a Nazi concentration camp who is forced to decide between which child will live and which one will be sent to the gas chambers. Meryl Streep starred in the film version of this story, and now the phrase ...

Is Jessica a Kid or a Teenager?

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o the other day, my granddaughter posed this question, “Is Jessica a teenager or a kid? It isn’t the first time a child has been confused about Aunt Jessica. It happened when my brother had a baby when Jessica was around 10. As the years passed, the baby grew then outgrew her cousin.  I knew that was what would eventually happen and it is already repeating itself now that my grandchildren are differenitating and Then my daughters started having kids aHowever, this never seemed to make a difference to my niece, and she remained loving and neutralse Johanna remained , , but remained devoted and kindJessica was Jessica as she   remarried and had another set ofNow that Jessica’s sisters are having their own kids, this question kid or a .  and it 

Aunt Jessica and her niece and nephew

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My little lightbulb

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I usually take Jessica to go and see my 95-year-old mother at her assisted living residence, but this past Sunday she started saying she didn't want to. "Come on, it will be fun," I told her. They were having a celebration for Grandparents Day with the Disney princesses. I was supposed to take both Jessica and my ...

My “Alarm Clock” Daughter

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It's 6 am on Saturday morning. The phone is ringing. It's the ring I set up for Jessica. For a second, I'm sorry I ever taught her how to use the phone. On the other hand, I'm so happy that she finally learned how. I grab it on the third ring before it wakes up ...