Various Imagined Futures

PAHLETIX 

I would love for this election to be over tomorrow, instead of in November — call me, I dunno, THIN-SKINNED, but I am not looking forward to just over three months of Trump garbage, of Mike Pence trying to square his “religious freedom” bullshit with some awkward newfound support for “L…G…B….T” folks. Of Hillary For Prison signs. Of people who are scared to death of a president with a vag. Bleah. So I think that whenever I feel blue and disgusted with the trash fries*, I’ll go back and rewatch two DNC speeches: the ones given by our President and our First Lady.

 

 

BABY/TODDLER/LITTLE GUY

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Beer me, mom.

Found more excellent blogs about special needs kid parenting. Here’s an amazing, wrenching article written by Ellen, who runs Love That Max:

Lessons From Max

(From The Elephant in the Playroom: Ordinary Parents Write Intimately and Honestly About the Extraordinary Highs and Heartbreaking Lows of Raising Kids with Special Needs, edited by Denise Brodey and published by Hudson Street Press, 2007.)

This is an incredible article. It’s so well-written, and I identify with so much in it, so, so much. The comparisons/”compare-a-thons.” The constant, draining worry about the future and what E will be capable of. But I identify with the good, too — like how excellent it felt to unsubscribe from What To Expect’s daily updates, to throw away our sleep training books, to push standard milestones out of our heads. (On that last one, weeeell, mostly. It also helps that we moved to a new town and we don’t know anyone yet.) Anyhoo, if you’re parent to a special needs kid, I highly recommend it. If you’re not, I still highly recommend it. Enjoy.

 

 

*originally I meant this to be “trash fires.” But I typed “fries” instead, and I think I’ve found a new favorite phrase.

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3 thoughts on “Various Imagined Futures

  1. I like the serious consideration Baby E is giving to the decision of which beer to start with.

    For more speechy goodness, check out this video, narrated by Meryl Streep, which was supposed to air after Bill Clinton’s speech, but had to be cut when he ran over his time. It’s a fabulous tribute to all the women who came before Hillary and made her possible: “…she’d be the first to tell you she did not do this alone; she did it by standing on the shoulders of so many women who came before. Standing on each other’s shoulders is how our gender has always moved forward, be it through biology or inspiration. Tonight we say thank you to Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Chase Smith, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Harper Lee, Bella Abzug, Sally Ride, Maya Angelou, Dolores Huerta, and Geraldine Ferraro, all heroes of Hillary Rodham Clinton. But certainly no one inspired her more than one tiny unbreakable eight-year-old whose own dream of all little girls being valued rests on the shoulders of her daughter now…”

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  2. I like the serious consideration Baby E is giving to the decision of which beer to start with.

    For more speechy goodness, check out this video, narrated by Meryl Streep, which was supposed to air after Bill Clinton’s speech, but had to be cut when he ran over his time. It’s a fabulous tribute to all the women who came before Hillary and made her possible: “…she’d be the first to tell you she did not do this alone; she did it by standing on the shoulders of so many women who came before. Standing on each other’s shoulders is how our gender has always moved forward, be it through biology or inspiration. Tonight we say thank you to Harriet Tubman, Amelia Earhart, Margaret Chase Smith, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rosa Parks, Harper Lee, Bella Abzug, Sally Ride, Maya Angelou, Dolores Huerta, and Geraldine Ferraro, all heroes of Hillary Rodham Clinton. But certainly no one inspired her more than one tiny unbreakable eight-year-old whose own dream of all little girls being valued rests on the shoulders of her daughter now…”

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