Happy Day After!
What did you do today?
Happy Day After!
What did you do today?
I guess cute Halloween is a thing of the past.
The boy went for scary-creepy-spooky this year.
We put a big fuzzy spider out front this year. It kind of creeps me out that it’s coming around the corner of the house like that.
On the dining table…
We’ve had this spider web candle for years.
Less than an hour. Just two streets. And he called it quits. But look at the loot!
He never wants to be out for very long. I think it’s difficult for him to continue when he knows there are M&Ms in the bag. He walked in, peeled off the costume, and was helping himself to a pack in about two minutes flat.
The first thing I decorate in my house for each new season is the china hutch.
In the Fall, I usually stow away my small collection of blue and white Delft (and other) figurines to make way for miniature pumpkins, leaves, and all things natural.
This year, I am so eager for our HOT HOT summer to be over, that I can’t wait for pumpkins to appear in the grocery store.
I decided the little Delft troops and I could get the party started without them, so I made some hats. 🙂
(This amazingly cute photo of a baby chick in a felt hat got my wheels turning. Thank you, random little-felt-hat-making cute baby chick owner!)
Here is what I did this week…
Got the cat plate from mom #2 many moons ago. He kinda fits right into the Halloween theme.
I made this little banner thing too. I’ve never made anything like this before and I can see all its flaws in this picture, but it was fun to do and now I know what I would do differently. (Like maybe have my ten-year-old print the letters because his handwriting is officially better than mine now. 😳 )
This is what I have labored over this Labor Day. What did you do?
Art I Didn’t Know About
I got a card in the mail from Father Joe this week – the usual holiday request for donations. He sends them every year. I like Father Joe and I have deep respect for his lifelong commitment to serve those in need. One year, we gave him my old Grand Am.
This year, the request came with a postcard picture of a glass mosaic by artist Botti Studi. In 2003, this giant work of art was installed on the face of the Villa Harvey Mandel in downtown San Diego. Until I received this postcard, I didn’t know anything about it. (Insert picture of fog-brained autism mom here.)
My goal for the week is to see this mosaic in person.
Receiving the postcard has also resurrected a goal I made last year, and subsequently forgot. 😦 Every Tuesday, there are a handful of museums around San Diego that offer free admission. I haven’t been to any of them in years. My goal is to go at least once a month. Come with me!
By the way, did YOU know about that glass mosaic? Why didn’t you tell me?
Our new tables arrived in plenty of time for turkey day. Yea!!
Nine-year-old child + a bunch of cookies and some chocolate milk = perfect justification for buying glass to cover them:
Here they are with a little less mess:
I hope to tackle that wall of clutter to the left sometime in the next few weeks. Sigh. There’s always something.
Halloween is almost over. The candy bucket is empty, so I have been giving out leftovers from the boy’s July birthday – bubbles, bouncy balls, etc. The trick-or-treaters actually seem happy about this.
A couple of teenage girls just knocked on the door and informed me that someone is getting in trouble up the street, Sure enough, there are cop cars and detained kids parked on the corner. Great. Where the hell am I living??
Oh well, I guess no Halloween is complete without flashing lights and a bit of law-breaking. Right?
And another thing…
If you read this post, then it shouldn’t surprise you that the boy made up a song about our jig.
My apologies for the static on the audio – not sure what happened there.
Ashes to ashes and pumpkins to mush,
smashing them in makes a garden so lush.
Wait until spring and I’ll show you a thing
that grew from the dirt where a jack-o was hurt.
Shoveled and scattered and otherwise battered,
ashes to ashes and pumpkins to mush.
We put up a few more Christmas decorations today. Just one more little box and we’re done!
I love how our house looks when it’s all decked out for the season. I wish we could carry the sparkly glow of that through the whole year without diminishing the special feeling of it in December.
We dim the lights and burn some candles whenever we have guests, but there’s nothing quite as romantic, cheery and welcoming as holiday lights. The trees, the garlands, the string of fat old bulbs on the backyard fence, they all just add so much to the fun of day-to-day living.
I often think I’d like to keep the backyard lights throughout the year and simply change their color for each season. They’re very festive and seeing them out there makes me feel like I’m in Bazaar Del Mundo or something.
But enough about that.
The little boy went to school as happy as can be this morning and seemed the same when I retrieved him in the afternoon. Unfortunately, I just found a red card in his backpack. Apparently he was “not following directions, pushing others and slapping the classroom aide.” Blech. Will it ever end?
I had lunch with a dear friend today. He asked me what I thought would happen to my son after I was gone or just too old to care for him. My friend wanted to know if I thought my son would ever be independent and capable of living alone or being in a relationship.
I confess, those questions circle my brain on a regular basis. They put a lump in my throat at least once a week and occasionally motivate a full blown sobbing panic attack. All of that is laced with heartache, but I try very hard not to let it get the best of me.
For the most part, I am full of hope for my son and I consciously choose not to worry too much about his future. There’s just no way to know it or to control it, so I can’t borrow the trouble of it while I’m busy getting him through elementary school. I simply can’t afford the energy that would require.
I do know that he has come a long way since he got his first diagnosis around 18 months. For a while, we weren’t sure if he would ever talk. Now he talks all the time and he has an infinite capacity to learn new words and to correct himself with each sentence he tries.
He constantly labels things aloud, narrates whatever action he sees and is eager for clarification or fine tuning of his vocabulary. I just see all that growing and, I think as it does, it will naturally improve his ability to navigate successfully through the social nightmares that surround him.
I guess I gave some shortened version of this response to my friend. I know he worries about my son too, so I hope he was okay with this answer.
I feel like I’m rambling now and, really, I’m more than ready to sit on the couch with the remote in one hand and a fudge bar in the other. (No cracks about that please. Or the fact that I linked to Walmart. What can I say? The fudge bars are good and Walmart sells ’em cheap.)
Oh, just one more thing – RageAgainstTheMinivan cracked me up again this week. I swear, she’ll probably think I’m a nutso blog stalker or something, but she’s really funny and you all deserve a laugh, so here’s a link to one of her recent posts.
Day Twenty-Nine 2010 Pumpkin Demise
Flat as pancakes out there.
Pumpkin pancakes, mind you. Just like IHOP. Not. Heh heh.
As usual, there are a few other pix in there too, including a couple of the little boy with half closed eyes and really dirty teeth.
He’s the sweetest, smartest, cutest, kindest, most beautiful baby boy that ever lived. And, no matter what, I tell him that every night.
The little boy broke more stuff today.
I snapped at him.
I cried some more.
Hate myself for not just letting it roll off my back.
He’s really excited about Christmas. He has been bouncing off the walls all day. He wants to hang EVERYTHING on the tree and he wants to do EVERYTHING himself, including things he really can’t or shouldn’t do.
I have less patience this week than I ought to.
And such guilt.
Husband and I got to talking over dinner with some friends about how much waiting kids have to do at the holidays.
While the grown-ups get together and cook and eat and exchange pleasantries, the kids wait. And wait. And wait some more.
I think my son does a lot of waiting.
I think my son does a lot of waiting for something he is sure will be exciting. Instead he gets more waiting, nothing too exciting and a mom who snaps. And maybe a vague sense that the snapping has something to do with him.
I think my son probably doesn’t understand why grown-ups take so damn long to do everything and when they do it, they don’t have the same joy about it that he does. I think my son deserves a mom who isn’t tired. A mom who finds that same joy and shares it with him as well and as often as he shares it with her.
I try to be that mom. I do. I really do. I don’t think I am though.
My son is so hopeful. I hate that I can rob that from him with impatience or delay or fatigue or a quick temper. He deserves more.
Tomorrow, I will try to give him more.
Day Twenty-Seven 2010 Pumpkin Demise
I took some of these photos in the morning and some just before dusk today.
The later pix are softer, even downright fuzzy, for some reason.
I don’t know if I chose the wrong camera setting or if it was just dark clouds in the late afternoon sky that made the difference.
I decided to include the later pix anyway since there are a few cute ones of the boy and his chocolate mouth.
Oh, and just in case any of you are worried, I will not be showing you the demise of those other squash on a daily basis.
P.S. My oldest cat barfed in three places on the floor behind me as I was typing this. 🙄
Sometimes I am wounded to the core by my son’s disdain for my singing.
I can’t stand it.
I don’t have a bad voice and I love to sing.
He won’t let me.
I feel stifled.
And sometimes I feel wounded to the core by his annoyance with books.
Granted, there are occasions on which he actually enjoys them and will let me read him a page or two. He might even read a sentence himself, but those occasions are exceptional.
In general, my kid doesn’t like to look at books.
I come from a family of book lovers. A family of book collectors. And a house full of music.
Now I am ordered not to sing, not to read, not to be.
My heart breaks over this on a daily basis.
And it feels like a slight to my father, the one who mastered a love of books and beautiful song.
I know a conversation with my dad today would only reveal a man determined to appreciate the strengths of a boy. My dad would caution me to overlook these minor and probably temporary let-downs. Of course, I always heed that imagined advice, but the whole of it makes me very sad anyway.
Just now, the little boy and I were in the guest room, stripping the bed after Grandma’s visit. He was singing, humming really, with his lips forming a perfect “o” and his little head tilted upward, like the children at the end of A Charlie Brown Christmas.
I thought I would try to engage him with a book from the t.v. special, complete with music and lyrics for two of the songs.
He saw Snoopy and the other characters on the page and seemed very interested, so I showed him a second Charlie Brown book.
He sat on the floor, turned the pages himself, pointed at Snoopy and was smiling and happy.
Then he started singing Jingle Bells.
I produced a board book with the music and lyrics for that song too.
But then I made the fatal error.
I decided to sing the words and point to the notes so he could follow along.
He lost his mind.
“No read a book. No read a book! No sing! No read a book! Mama, no sing!”
I tried to calm him down.
He took the item nearest him – the dust jacket for the Peanuts book – and ripped it in half.
It made me mad. It really did. With all the fury of impatient generations behind it.
I ordered him out of the guest room and closed the door and now I sit here pouring out the emotion just to get it gone.
Because I know the little boy loves music. I KNOW he does.
And I know he will come to love books.
But in this moment, I am overwhelmed with his disdain for my love of them both.
Overwhelmed. Sad. Stricken with grief for the unfairness of time and loss and death and the mismatch of generations.
I miss my dad.
I just miss my dad.
And I wish I had let my mother sing.
Now it’s 7:00 p.m. The little boy is clean and dry, snug in his room, and headed for dreamland.
He closed the door to the bathroom during his shower tonight and got the place as steamy as a sauna.
When I popped up to check on him, the steam poured out and engulfed me.
Through the fog of it, I found him standing on the edge of the wet tub pointing a full bottle of water straight at the light fixture. I shudder to think what hazardous scheme had hatched itself inside his busy brain. Sheesh!
I have ridden a roller coaster of emotions today, partly fueled by sleeping only four hours last night and partly fueled by the little boy’s destructive nature.
He broke things today.
I replaced them or I fixed them or decided I didn’t need them. I cried a few times and just kept going.
I went to Pier One and Trader Joe’s and Petco and Von’s. I came home, I took down Thanksgiving and put up Christmas.
The boy was excited to help with three trees, two garlands, and a wreath. Husband hung a cheery string of outdoor lights and inflated a silly two-foot Santa on the front lawn. We ate Thanksgiving food all over again and I chopped up the decorative gourds to scatter in the corner near the ever-flattening pumpkins.
What a day.
Now I’m going over to my new couch to sit next to my sweet husband to watch something with Bruce Willis in it. Anything with Bruce Willis in it, please.
Day Twenty-Six 2010 Pumpkin Demise
I was enchanted by a beautiful hummingbird in the yard today. Now THAT was a photographic challenge. Didn’t get any really great shots of him, but it was wonderful to watch.
Oh, I almost forgot…
We blew some giant bubbles again today too. 😀