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Just after my son was diagnosed at 14 months, I was at a La Leche League play date. Most of us were entering our second year of motherhood and the dark circles and droopy energy showed. We all began talking about the family bed and how, though we all felt it was the...

If You Let Us Build It

The other day the Shane ‘s Inspiration folks (the nice people responsible for building universally accessible parks all over California) call and ask if we ‘ll attend a Parks and Recreation Commission meeting regarding an accessible baseball field....

Poo

When we become parents we know there are givens. We know we’ll be up nights with inconsolable crying. We know there will be bumps and bruises. We know there will be first smiles and first teeth. And by God, we know there will be Poo. Add animals to the mix and...

The Best is Yet To Come

Mom, I want a dog. My then six-and-a-half year old son Cole loved pirates and firemen and Gilbert and Sullivan and history. He also had cerebral palsy and used a wheelchair…and he wanted a dog. Having lost my golden retriever to cancer a few years’ prior,...

Ticket To Ride

It never ceases to amaze me what people will say to the disabled and their caregivers. And one of the toughest things this community faces is prejudice against people with disabilities you cannot see. Turns out if you can’t see ‘em, you must not have ‘em. A...

The Conversation

Ilia is a beautiful Labrador Retriever with a shining black coat. He is also a notorious bed pig. All night long he thinks of sneaky ways to make sure his human, a boy named Cole, gets as little of the bed as possible. He has to hide his head beside the pillow so you...

A Little Bit Perfect

Cerebral palsy. Cole has cerebral palsy. I blinked at the doctor in a daze. This beautiful, gurgling, cooing, cherub-cheeked baby in my arms was flawed. Damaged. No longer perfect. What? Then came the dizzying cavalcade of expert opinions and their dire predictions....

Home Alone

Sssssooooo! Today marks the second day that my son has been gone at sleep-away camp. This is his first time ever and I must say: he’s handling it far better than I am. I was really quite surprised by the mix of emotions his absence brought up in me. While I...

Watered Down: A Dog Walking Tail

While walking my dog Ilia one morning, I run into our lovely neighbors Bea & Barry and their cadre of 5 (!) dogs. “Let ‘s go down to the river!” Bea suggests. Sounds good, I say, and off we go. Upon arriving, Barry notices a guy tossing stuff...