BigCalfGuy

BigCalfGuy

Author's details

Date registered: July 27, 2013
URL: http://www.bigcalfguy.com

Biography

I am a 39 year old, married, father of three amazing children; one of whom has autism. I fancy myself as more Atticus Finch than Holden Caulfield. Dynamite with a laser beam.

Latest posts

  1. How Many Ks are Too Many? I Think 2 are Plenty — October 11, 2017
  2. I’d Like You To Meet Sacob and Wacob — October 11, 2017
  3. Sunday Shorts #3 — October 8, 2017
  4. Infantilizing Jacob — October 5, 2017
  5. Is It Always Going To Be This Hard? — October 3, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Do You Remember Where You Were? And How You Felt? — 51 comments
  2. The Pasta Shoppe (Review and Giveaway!) — 22 comments
  3. Ryan Sucks — 22 comments
  4. Six Things — 14 comments
  5. BigCalfGuy Book Club Review: The Reason I Jump (Oct ’13) — 12 comments

Author's posts listings

Oct 11 2017

How Many Ks are Too Many? I Think 2 are Plenty

You know what’s fun and civic-minded?  Coming out to an event that raises money for a local cause.  You know what’s sweaty and hard and makes me tired?  Running five whole kilometers.  You know how long a marathon is?  Like 42 kilometers!  That’s a lot of Ks.  These things can get out of hand if you’re not …

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Oct 11 2017

I’d Like You To Meet Sacob and Wacob

Not to mention Tacob, Facob, and Zacob. Jake is the master of the Mii.  He loves creating them.  He’s used the same basic design for every gaming console we’ve had since the Wii.  The Wii, Wii U, and now the Nintendo Switch have all seen appearances by Jake’s alter ego.  He announced that these copies were …

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Oct 08 2017

Sunday Shorts #3

Fit As A Fiddle Jake saw the doctor this week for a sports physical.  Status: healthy as a fifteen year old horse!  He’s ready.  He handled everything really well, with few exceptions.  He’s never been able to work an eye chart.  I forgot about this until I saw the medical assistant try and get him …

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Oct 05 2017

Infantilizing Jacob

I saw this topic discussed on Twitter the other day and it got me thinking.  Do I infantilize Jake?  Do I infantilize others like Jake? To some extent, yes, I think so.  And I also think it’s wrong. Infantilization is when you treat someone who isn’t a child the way you would treat a child.  …

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Oct 03 2017

Is It Always Going To Be This Hard?

As I lay there in Jake’s bed, stroking his hair as he sobbed into my chest, I asked him, “It’s hard, huh?”  Stupid question, I realize, but I was trying to reach out.  The way he inhaled and let out a “yeah” with his exhalation broke my heart.  Jake’s going through a couple of transitions …

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Oct 01 2017

Sunday Shorts #2

It’s been a wild week around here, but at the same time not much has happened.  It’s been one soccer game after another, and a typical Maine swing in weather.  Ninety on Wednesday, and I had to scrape my windshield before heading to work this morning.  Which do you prefer in October? #StuffJakeSays Gabe is …

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Sep 24 2017

Sunday Shorts #1

Not everything that’s BigCalfGuy worthy is also of post length.  I figured once per week I’d round up some things that went down and share them on Sundays.  I give you … Sunday Shorts #1.  DFTBA I always leave the kids with a task in the morning.  Make two people smile.  Give a sincere compliment. …

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Sep 20 2017

Is BigCalfGuy Who I Am?

I mean, yeah, the calves are huge.  I’m obviously that big calf guy.  By Crom, let’s pray they never shrink.     What I mean is, is BigCalfGuy a good name for this blog?  I can’t for the life of me find the source of the quote, so I may as well take the credit: The most …

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Sep 19 2017

Smell My Teeth

A brief three weeks into school, and Jake has settled into a rhythm.  His externship at Katahdin Kritters is going very well.  At first, the thought of tending to so many dogs was a real turn off because, spoiler alert – they poop and it smells.  He’s adapted quickly.  Yesterday he told me that taking …

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Sep 17 2017

Jake Has The Final Word

I blog “about” Jake; not necessarily “with” Jake, so naturally I had a lump in my throat when he busted me blogging about him this afternoon.   I was on picmonkey.com adding text to the featured image from my last post, Should Jacob Play Basketball?  Jake came by and saw the image as I was …

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Sep 17 2017

Should Jake Play Basketball?

I’m really struggling with this one, and since I have a place to put my thoughts down, let’s go.  The gap is closing between what Jake can do and what his peers can do.  Simultaneously, it’s getting bigger by the minute.   Jake wants to play basketball.  We had started some talk about him joining …

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Sep 12 2017

Jake’s Drinking Problem?

In Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity, I found a wonderful definition of echolalia; “the term of art for the way autistic people sample the speech they hear around them and repurpose it for their own use.”  The book, as an aside, was amazing.  It opened my eyes to so many …

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