Just What You Need

This is essay three in the ‘Meet the Travelers’ series highlighting families during Down Syndrome Awareness Month. The traffic was kind to me this day. Lights were green and all was well with the morning. I hear a familiar voice over the speakers. ‘Your destination is ahead on the left.’ I look a bit farther…

Can’t Stop the -bers

Today started just like any other day.  The dawn rushed in like I owed it money.  Or much more than that, an extra hour of sleep.  There would be none of that, though.  I hit the snooze for a coveted five more minutes, but there would be none of that either.  Little People were already…

Independence Day for the Special Needs Mom

Traffic was heavy on the interstate.  The fact that I had not left before the 5 o’clock rush to nowhere put me at odds with the inevitable.  The hours would be long. The miles would be incessant. The music would be on repeat. Nevertheless, my SUV is loaded with a week’s worth of everything as…

The Wheels on the Bus

“The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round, ‘round and ‘round, ‘round and ‘round. The wheels on the bus go ‘round and ‘round All through the town.”                                                      …

A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE

Being a stylist by profession for a number of years afforded me the opportunity to have a myriad of conversations with some interesting characters.  I’ve listened to shop talk big and small, and engaged in quite a few lively banters myself.  I would stand behind my chair and listen to clients give the 411 on…

A Gift for Christmas

I’ve eaten the turkey.  I’ve made the cakes.  I’ve laughed with family and friends.  My little one sat at the children’s table ALONE this year and things are looking rosy.  Maybe I should say showy. The holiday season is in full swing and schools will soon be out for the year’s end. With only a…

No More Debates

In between piddling and mommying and doing the busy things that mothers do I hear a familiar sound coming from the living room.  My heart skips a beat.  My daughter is crying.  But this is not a wimper type of cry.  This is an all-out “Mom get here NOW” kind of cry. So Mom gets…

Enjoy a sensory friendly KidsTown at OSC

The Love Bridge, a heart-filled rainbow walkway which guides guests from the parking garage into the main building of the Orlando Science Center, is the first stop in welcoming special needs families to the OSC‘s newest endeavor:  KidsTown, an all accessible, all inclusive, interactive play area for children. Families with children who have special needs need…

Chronicles of a Reluctant Mom-Schooler

A few years ago I was talking to a fellow member of our local mom support group about a few upcoming seminars that we could attend. “You homeschool, don’t you?” she said. Before I even thought about it I replied, “No. I just help her with her lessons.” And then I got to thinking.  I…