Category Archives: Autism family life

  1. Of Frogs and Family


    December 25, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    This year it’s KitKat who found The Best Christmas Gift Ever for Aida. It’s a challenge that many years has no winner at all…

  2. A teacher for 22 years


    August 30, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    Aida was waiting and excited, when we picked her up this week for her birthday outing. We’d promised her Spiro’s …
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  3. Get out of the way, Mom


    July 12, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    Isn’t it great when parenting becomes simply getting out of their way? And when you forget, they’ll let you know.

  4. Good and bad hair days


    July 4, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    I’ve had the same hair stylist for almost as long as I’ve had my children. Back then when my stretch …
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  5. Let the pizza lead the way: adapting to circumstances


    June 23, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    Stay home stay safe in a skinny townhouse is an exercise in mental gymnastics and physical navigation, with four full-sized …
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  6. Staying healthy in Seattle


    March 8, 2020 by whirlyjoy

    While Seattle is steeped in COVID-19 panic, Aida’s focus remains laser-sharp on what matters most.

  7. Ma’am, I’m a wrestler


    July 6, 2019 by whirlyjoy

    The firefighters drove up in their big red truck. No flashing lights or sirens blaring, but still an impressive entrance. …
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  8. Writing her own life

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    November 10, 2017 by whirlyjoy

    My Dragon Lover and I were sitting up in bed, watching the election results on Tuesday evening, when my iPhone …
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  9. Abuse in the form of a hamburger


    November 3, 2017 by whirlyjoy

    This past summer we experienced one of those incidents with Aida’s supported living situation that I live in fear of …
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  10. Driving, driven, and staying the course


    September 4, 2016 by whirlyjoy

    I kept waiting for someone, one of these many experts, to realize how very much in-over-my-head I was, how utterly ill-equipped and unsuited to this role of coordinating Aida’s care between a small jumble of barely overlapping spheres of expertise.