digital page by the wonderful Jennifer Pebbles
Are you thinking, "that's an odd name for a blog?" Especially coming from me. Someone who has never really wanted to be normal. That always seemed so artificial, so contrived, so well...mainstream. I used to have a bumper sticker on my car (my dad still does), that says "why be normal?" In the dictionary normal looks like this:
nor·mal ( P ) Pronunciation Key (nôrml)adj. Conforming with, adhering to, or constituting a norm, standard, pattern, level, or type; typical: normal room temperature; one's normal weight; normal diplomatic relations.
Below that is another (more aprpos) definition:
Biology. Functioning or occurring in a natural way; lacking observable abnormalities or deficiencies.
So, this blog is about a journey I am now on. One that I could have never guessed I'd be part of and have no idea where it will take me. I have a 2.5 year old Autistic son. He was diagnosed with the educational Autism label at the age of two. Just in the last month he got the official medical diagnosis. I have another blog over at artsymama for my creative endeavors. This one is going to be for my journey as Lowell's mommy. Recording where we've been, where we are now and where we're going. I feel compelled to get this all written down. To connect with others on similar paths and print out for him to read someday and (hopefully) see how far he's come.
So, now I am now stumbling towards normalcy. I just want my son to be a normal kid... whatever that means. I'm struggling with the fact that now I'm a mommy of a special ed kid. You never see that on bumper stickers! Of course I love him for who he is. More than I could ever put into words. I want him to be happy, as any mother does. I want him to be successful in whatever he decides to persue. I just want him to function well enough to have the opportunities that normal kids have. This is all new to me and now I am sharing it with you. Come along, if you'd like. Take my hand.