Monday, August 30, 2010

I Wondered About This...

I've been wondering how the unused flu shots were disposed of. I know that some people wonder about health care, about political parties, about the oil flowing... and I know many people do not worry or even bat an eye at questioning the safety of vaccines.

I guess that I don't either... now. Now I know. I have known the last few years and I know who my child was, is and I know we cannot go back in time, and "un-do" the damage to his immune system. Oh there's just a lot I could say, but - really, I just want to share this post from over at Age of Autism, by Ginger Taylor.

Ginger is an amazing mom. I've followed her blog on and off over the last couple of years. I have to say it again: she is amazing.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Goodbye Summer - Hello Chaos

For the first time in our 8 years of home-educating, I took some time off, away from what is considered "formal" homeschooling of Nicolas.  I needed the break.

Of course, we did not stop learning -- Nic asks dozens, if not 100's of questions each day and we participated in our local library's summer reading program.  Yes, our special boy is a reader!  And yes, he is obsessive with his reading too.

Gold belt test day!

Throughout the summer, we focused on continuance of our strict dietary intervention with him and added karate to his schedule for the summer.  Tomorrow is his last day, and I wish we could continue with karate.  I could write an entire post about all of the emotions I felt (and still feel) just watching Nic participate in a sport without me, and be able to listen and follow instructions...  just like other kids...  well - without intervention or freaking out about some unknown something or other.  I have walked on eggshells all summer, hoping he wouldn't have a meltdown.  And he didn't.  Not one meltdown at karate.  Isn't that amazing?  It is nothing short of a miracle.
I think it's partially because the situation is controlled by the owner, who is absolutely amazing with children.  I'd rank him right up there near "the saints", if you will.  Anyway...  karate was a positive experience for us!

We will be starting our school year on Wednesday.

Will it be chaos?

I already know the answer.

Goodbye summer, hello chaos.