Happy New Year!

I haven’t written anything in this new year mostly because — at some point in 2017 — my life became insanely busy.

Pink Cup Sister, who has a learning disability and a social anxiety disorder, now has the symptoms of a severe tic disorder. This disorder includes vocal, phonic, and motor tics, the latter of which pose such safety hazards as uncontrollable self-injury and episodes occurring where falling is a possibility.

Unfortunately, I have uncovered a health concern of my own as well involving my vision/optic nerves.

Now, Frances and I have always had an amply full schedule of appointments that has kept me very busy; with the added appointments of Pink Cup Sister and of myself, well, let’s just say that appointments are now my full-time job.

But that’s okay — it means that things are getting taken care of, challenges are being identified and overcome, and matters are being addressed in general.

And, fortunately, amid all the worrying and the hurrying, there are some moments that catch you off guard, ones that leave you breathless and utterly aware of how much there is to appreciate.

Perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that it is often my children who gift me with these moments; in the case of Frances, the gift is often in the form of questions that allow me a glimpse of how amazing her brain is.

The other day, while I was taking her to school, the following:

Her: Did you ever realize that, if everyone just followed the rules, there would be no drama in the world?

Me: You are SO right!

We then, giggling, ran through the zebra crossing while stepping only on the black stripes, just because, and I felt light and giddy and free of concerns about the year ahead in that moment.

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For the love of dolls 

Lots of drama yesterday when Frances found this in a toy bin.

She actually threw it out which, in itself, is incredible.

Spare time

I came across this little gem in Frances’s school journal:


“Thurs. Oct. 8, 2015.

When I am bored, I annoy my sister. I do: ‘Knock, knock. Do you want to build a snowman?’ It really annoys my sister.”

Yes, she knocks on Pink Cup Sister’s bedroom door and sings the Do You Want to Build A Snowman? song from the movie Frozen just as the character, Anna, does. 

She does it over and over again, and we have to remind her of the “it was funny the first time” rule.

Thankfully, she hasn’t done it in quite some time.

(Nota bene: There was remarkable improvement in her spelling from October to June.)

Dramatic elements

Only one of my children, technically, is a tween, but there is no shortage of drama where eight-year-old Frances is concerned, either.

Interestingly, her drama involves language with which, if someone else had spoken or if she had been reading, she would have had great difficulty. But it’s her figurative language, and that makes all the difference. 

The other day, on the way home, Frances, deadpan, announced:

I want to go home so badly that I would jump into a pirate ship and fight off twenty pirates just to get there.

Fortunately, I only expected her to jump into a bus, but it is good to know that she would have been prepared in either case… 🙂