I generally offer up my work with no explanation. We all bring our own stories into what we read, and that shapes our understanding. I want my writing to be for everyone.
My latest piece up On the Verge is absolutely for everyone, but especially parents and especially parents of Autism. “I Don’t Want to Adult This Weekend” is a reflection of exhaustion due to perseverative thinking. If you aren’t sure what that is, read this article on Snagglebox for clarification.
I’ve chosen not to write about parenting quite frequently, not because I don’t want to, but because I write about the hard, dark, hurting parts of life. Parenting is not all hard and dark and painful. But when you are struggling to understand and support your child; when you see your child stuck in his own pain because there is a disconnect, a gap you can’t quite bridge so he can take steps toward happiness; when you know you are a good parent doing your best but your best doesn’t match up with the best your child needs–when all of that is happening in your house on a daily basis life does sometimes feel bleak.
I have a large cache of pieces on how parenting hurts that will never see the light of day, but Shareen liked this one and she has made OTV a safe space, so I was willing to share there. I hope you’ll take a look. And if you have similar work, link me to it. I’d love to read you.