Sitting Still

There was a big thud at the bottom of the playground slide. “You better watch out! You could have been killed,” the boy yells at Jack, who had been playing at the bottom of the slide. “I couldn’t be killed. I was picking up rocks,” Jack says to the older one, standing so they are…

Dragon Legends

We are having another baby. A boy who is due to arrive at Christmas. Much excitement surrounds this baby. Jack has already decided where he will sleep, what he will eat and which Lighting McQueen toys he can drive. He lays his head on my stomach every day and listens to hear what his brother…

Typical

Two-year-old Jack and 1-year-old Ellie have different abilities, but mom Heather Honaker says she still thinks about their futures in similar ways. I have a 2-year-old “typical” son named Jack. He likes to play outside. He likes to be silly and make others laugh. He sings his favorite songs over and over. He is curious…

Summer Dreaming

Here’s to hoping this summer is one to remember. My daughter Ellie turned one about a month ago. My son Jack’s third birthday is in about a month. How did we get here? When other people say this, it makes me want to roll my eyes, but when I think about my own kids, I…

And

“You may be different, but we’re all creatures. All dinosaurs have different features.”  -Mrs. Pteranodon, Dinosaur Train   Permanent makes me feel claustrophobic. I feel closed and locked in a box that one day I might outgrow and want to leave. I can’t get a tattoo because I can’t think of anything that I want to…

Goodbye forever, 2018

Ringing in the new year of 2018 was a different experience from years past. There was no new, clean slate or promise of hope to look forward to, no lists of resolutions, no champagne or even black-eyed peas. Just one week earlier, on the night of Christmas Eve’s eve, Ben, Jack and I rushed to…