The Romney Campaign Responds…

My wife and I had a rare afternoon out without the children – the Monster and his brother spent the afternoon and evening with their grandparents, while we went with my dad to the (awesome? incredible? “WOW!”?) Virginia Tech “at” Cincinnati football game.  I wasn’t even thinking yet about what to be writing when we got home, and found a letter from the Romney-Ryan campaign waiting.

Now, obviously, that excited me (not as much as the game, but hey).  The wife had been very realistic about what I might find when I got a response from a letter, and I agreed with her wholeheartedly, both when I’d sent the original letters, and now that a response had arrived. Continue reading

God And Autism

Tonight is Yom Kippur.  And we’re going to synagogue for Kol Nidre.

Unlike a lot of families that I grew up with – and a lot of families I know – we take our children with us to synagogue for Kol Nidre.  I spent more than one such evening babysitting for neighbors when I was younger, to make sure they could go to services.  We’re fortunate enough to have a synagogue with a soundproofed quiet room that looks into the sanctuary and is wired to the same sound system, so we can daven along with the congregation while our children are acting like crazy people. Continue reading

Slow and Steady

So this weekend was quieter than most of the recent ones, as I’ve made reference to before.  We didn’t have anywhere exciting to be, but rather were largely around the house when we weren’t at synagogue.

For the most part, this meant that we also didn’t have major meltdowns, aside from the one at shul when I decided it wasn’t the right time for the Monster to be running around like a crazy person.  (I’d have been content to let him run around, save that he was running into the main sanctuary, where the microphones were likely still on.) Continue reading

Monkey See…

So, the latest change around the house is that the Monster’s doing a lot more imitating lately.

We’ve always read to him – it’s one of those things that one hears is “what you’re supposed to do” to ensure your kids get an early start on things.  And certainly, he’s got a very good head start, since he knows all his letters and numbers. Continue reading

Another Poop Entry

Part of the Monster’s IEP is toilet training.

Now, I know that a lot of you are saying, “C’mon, I had to toilet train my kids.  Why are you able to get the school to help you?”  (You wouldn’t be alone – apparently, even according to his teacher, the para-professional in his class has said exactly the same thing.) Continue reading

Off to Shul We Go

Sorry for not being around for a few days.  We ended up going (without much forethought) to the Renaissance Festival on Sunday – I’ll write about that in a day or two – and then we ran smack into Rosh Hashanah.

And I’m going to dive right into my topic of the day – we didn’t take the Monster to services for Rosh Hashanah, and I’m perfectly fine with that decision. Continue reading