Jan 30 2017

Creating a monster

Last August, as we sat gathered around the television watching the world’s finest athletes compete in Rio, Jake announced that he would one day like to be an Olympian.  Beth asked him what sport he would compete in.  He announced that he’d be a swimmer.  He is pretty fast in the water.   In real …

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Jan 22 2017

Killing Me Softly {Guest Post By Beth}

Ever hear the song ‘Killing Me Softly’?  I used to listen to the Fugees sing it over and over.  This is kind of how I feel when I read some of my husband’s blog posts.  I’m not sure if I can put into words how it feels to have your life put into words for …

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Jan 20 2017

My not-so-little drummer boy

The same child of mine who, for years, avoided a gymnasium like the plague, has become a social butterfly at the several-times-per-week high school games we now take part in.  You should see it.  It’s pretty remarkable.  It’s the loudest and most boisterous place in town on any given weeknight, but I think the fact …

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Jan 19 2017

Opposite of a diary

I guess the best way to begin is to thank my readers for the outpouring of support and love from yesterday’s post. BigCalfGuy is, for me, the opposite of a diary.  I don’t write things down to keep them secret from the world.  I honestly don’t do it to receive accolades and reassurances that I’m …

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Jan 18 2017

The times are changing

Way back when Jake was first diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, my biggest fear was that he’d be ostracized by his peers and feel alone. We worked very hard to make sure that didn’t happen.  Beth, in particular as stay at home Mom, worked diligently to make sure the kids in Jake’s class knew what …

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Jan 14 2017

A Hero in Shiny Armor

Jake and I had a discussion the other day. We were driving in the car, and without prompting, he turned to me and asked, “Am I a good guy?” I told him that of course he was a good guy.  It bears mentioning that he usually asks questions to confirm something he already knows.  It’s …

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Jul 20 2016

RIP Stone Regret

Jake is currently fascinated with the idea of death.  He talks about it often, and I see this as his way of processing out loud.  He likes to work out the details of things by repeating them, asking the same questions over and over, and re-checking to see if your opinion has changed.   I say fascinated to …

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Jul 18 2016

Mike’s Kindness Lesson

The ASM’s Family Retreat Weekend could aptly be renamed The Weekend of the Perpetually Wet Towel.  The kids spend so much time in and out of the pool that the towels never fully dry.  The dorms have no dryers, so I take advantage of any and all opportunities to dry their stuff. The family had …

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Jul 16 2016

Mind readers, balloon animals, and dead fish.

Day two and we’re having a banner day! The routine is pretty simple.  We get up, get dressed, and have breakfast in the cafeteria.  Says Gabe, “The only thing around here better than dinner is breakfast!”  After we’ve eaten, we meet up with our respite providers and the kids take off towards their scheduled events. …

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Jul 15 2016

Autism Rock Wall College

Today we arrived at the Autism Society of Maine’s annual Family Retreat Weekend.  It’s been held at St. Joseph’s College for the past few years (4?), and it’s the highlight of Jake’s calendar.  Unable to fully recite the name of the event, he simply refers to it as Autism Rock Wall College. It’s a wonderfully …

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Jul 14 2016

You know what grinds my gears?

I’m usually a pretty tolerant guy, but some things just tick me off. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me.  It must be just about everybody else too, right? Why does the movie based on the book ALWAYS suck?  In related news, why is the sequel kinda crappy and the threequel even worse than that?  …

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Jul 11 2016

Corny post

I had a couple of mini-post ideas, but they both sounded too corny to put out there.  I decided that hey, maybe I’m just getting soft as I get older.  Who knows? Firstly, I saw a teenage cyclist get hit by a car last Friday.  He was about Jake’s age.  He was crossing the street …

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