Author Archives: erin

Welcome.

I was thinking the other day that I’ve been writing in this blog for about ten years. A lot has happened since my first silly post in 2009. A lot. And maybe if anyone new were reading this, I thought … Continue reading

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First grade.

When Mia was a tiny baby, I’d hold her, look into her sleeping face, and wonder who she would become. I had almost no experience with Down syndrome, so those thoughts were very much wrapped up in fear. I once … Continue reading

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Community.

Community. “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.” Mahatma Gandhi Last night I was lamenting to a friend that I was tired. I’m most definitely an introvert and sometimes being … Continue reading

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Try harder.

I saw it happen again today. The mom of child with special needs says, “But what about me? My child doesn’t fit into your mold.” And the mold maker says, “Try harder,” or worse, “But I’ve seen other children with … Continue reading

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Lists.

Every time January hits, I feel inundated by inspiration. Facebook posts about people feeding the hungry. Instagram posts about people conquering fears and climbing mountains. Blogs about how someone faced their worst nightmare and became a better person because of … Continue reading

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Let them ask.

Mia and Fynn are on their way back to school on Tuesday. Summer flew by. I’m sure you all feel it. Back to school. Back to packing lunches. Back to activities. And back to worrying if Mia will make friends. … Continue reading

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Four paragraphs.

“Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak knits up the o-er wrought heart and bids it break.” ― William Shakespeare, Macbeth My mother passed away on June 19 after a shockingly short battle with Alzheimer’s. I started noticing … Continue reading

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Expectations.

“If you look for perfection, you’ll never be content.” ― Leo Tolstoy In my last blog, I said I hadn’t found a “lesson” in my divorce. But that’s not exactly true. I may never be able to find a bright … Continue reading

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Three buses.

At the temple there is a poem called “Loss” carved into the stone. It has three words, but the poet has scratched them out. You cannot read loss, only feel it. ― Arthur Golden I started last week with such … Continue reading

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Success

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ― Winston S. Churchill When my daughter was born, I had lots of ideas of how all of this would look. How she might … Continue reading

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