J4: Happy 4th of July

I would like to wish my American readers a very happy 4th of July. Enjoy your coffee and your freedom and have a wonderful day. It's been a pleasure to meet new friends and I look forward to wishing you all a happy 4th of July for many years to come. Whatever you're doing today... Continue Reading →

J3: Scooter Races

Tom loves his scooter. He's had a scooter for most of his school life, it's his pride and joy. I discovered it was much easier to get him to school if he could scoot there and once he got a set of wheels, he never wanted to walk anywhere again. He scoots to school and... Continue Reading →

J1: Julybilation for Beginners

Easy one today. Sooo easy. The sun is back! After days of grey skies, cool temperatures and frequent, long showers of rain, we have blue sky and fluffy white clouds and seasonal temperatures. What could be better than catching that warm scent of life and growing things through an open window, the sun shining into... Continue Reading →

Growing Up

My son is growing up. He has begun to chastise me for treating him "like a toddler or a five year old". He tuts with impatience and at the weekend he yelled "Are you ready, Mum? We've got to GO!" just like a husband chivvying up his wife. Welcome to the woman's lie of "I'll... Continue Reading →

Talking About Autism: Identity and Community

Recently I have become very aware of autism as an identity rather than a disorder. From speaking with autistic people and reading their blogs, taking note of the rejection of person-first terminology ("a person with autism") and the preference for identity-first wording ("an autistic person"); the posts listing "that autistic feeling when..."; the visual stim... Continue Reading →

Our Easter Holidays

The school Easter holidays are nearly over and as usual I don't know where the time has gone. We went to the park, we went to town for new school shoes (Tom's only half a size smaller than me now!), we went to the cinema to see The Boss Baby, we went to the dental... Continue Reading →

Farts are Funny

Thomas is at that stage of life where farts are funny. Doing a fart is funny, the sound of a fart is funny, the smell is funny, Mum's reaction is funny. He has mastered the art of "hand farting" - that thing where you blow a raspberry into your hand and it sounds like a... Continue Reading →

W26: His Lordship Pays a Visit

Tom went to his grandparents' today. He goes pretty much every Sunday and I get a blissful six hours or so to myself. Today I used the time productively, tidying and cleaning the house and catching up on laundry. The cold that was threatening to take hold has not yet done so, I had a... Continue Reading →

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