Autism

Dear Universe

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Dear Universe,   Okay. You win. Here’s the thing Universe. Whether you acknowledge it or not it’s time to cut this family a break. We have remained collectively upbeat this past twelve months despite some really nasty life changes I won’t go into here, plus the chaos of our house almost burning down and the […]

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A Father’s Day Message of Expectations

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I am Jeff McCafferty, Kim’s husband, with a special Father’s Day edition of the blog. I hope you find the post to your liking and that you share it with those for whom it will resonate.   “Fathers don’t take it well.” That is what our pediatrician told my wife, Kim, after she asked him […]

The Shift

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It’s June, time for another round of “endings.” I know most people view December as “the big cahuna.” This is the time where New Years resolutions are made (and subsequently broken), and people look back on the year that has just passed and figure out what they can do to make the next year a […]

Tribute to Midstreams Elementary School

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To the Midstreams Elementary Staff, It’s over. My son is graduating from the cocoon of his wonderful elementary school, and it’s time for Mommy to be mature about it. Don’t hold your breath. I knew this day would come. For the past few years I’ve breathed sighs of relief at every school event, reveling in […]

One More Try

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Your “eeees” resound throughout the farm, and I smile to know how excited you are to show off your horseback riding prowess, how thrilled you are that your parents and brother and grandmas are here to watch you revel in your favorite pastime. I also smile because those “eeees” mean the catatonia is at bay, […]

In the Moment

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As you speedily unwrap and liberate the toy from its imprisoning box your smile bursts forth followed by a deep-throated, fifteen-year-old chuckle (your laugh slays me every time), and your face simply radiates joy. This toy’s predecessor went to “toy heaven” a few months ago after serving us well for thirteen years, had been one […]

Happy Birthday Boy

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Last week you turned fifteen. It happened to be field day at your school, and your smile when you saw me waiting for you to perform was magnificent. That smile carries me many days. I usually have a variety of emotions on your birthday. I always take time to remember the first moment I heard […]