Dignity, Risk, Harness, Support

As for me…

 

To be clear, When I look at this view I am not filled with excitement or exhilaration. I am filled with fear and anxiety.

It’s said that fear can’t kill you…I wonder.

I’ve mentioned before about my father and brothers, they often make decisions pursuing pleasure, whereas I often make decisions based on avoiding pain. In fact, I wonder if we even process pain, and the memory of pain, in the same ways.

In the strengths finder application, my

Reluctant Hero

Solitude

Ever want to run away? Maybe that’s too drastic. There are certainly times for all of us when we want to get away. Maybe to be  completely left alone, but for me usually I want to get away with just my two boys, Quinn and Marcus. We do alone, together, pretty well. 

Even so, Marcus and I are apt to go to cities first and participate in the bustle. We go to exciting destinations and do something filling; not always, but often our location is chosen by something asked of us by others.

Quinn urges us to get away

Rear View Mirror

 

Looking Forward

In a few weeks I’m going to a conference I really enjoy. The DSDN (Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network) Rockin’ Mom conference. I’ll be presenting and sharing at several sessions.

The two other years I’ve been able to join this party, I’ve been the mom with the oldest child. (We always clarify, “Moms of older kids” not “older moms.” Words matter! Ha!)

I’ll be sharing this year about writing/blogging and advocacy with storytelling. I’m on a panel with other

Facing the Vast Horizon

My nephew was on a California beach on his 9th birthday. He looks pretty comfortable with beach life, doesn’t he? I expect he sees the ocean as a giant adventure.

Some people look at the ocean, the waves, and colors and it brings a sense of calm. I have a hard time even imagining that emotional response.

Over the last few years, I’ve had occasion