When I began this project I was hoping to touch a few hearts, spread a few new perspectives, and get myself writing. I was uncertain if anyone would be reading my posts aside from my friends and family, and I was fine with this. I was willing to jump off into the blogosphere and send my thoughts and reflections and wonderings out into cyberspace.
Something is happening though…
A little blog is sprouting like this year’s reluctant spring… and it is greening up and growing roots and slowly spreading.
A few weeks back Craig was talking with a woman about her son who also happens to have autism and he mentioned my blog, and she was able to put the pieces together and said: “OMG you are H’s dad – I read that blog! Thirty Days of Autism!”
That is exciting as I see this project as a vehicle to work to spread understanding for those with social cognitive or neurological differences. Understandably, I am on the prowl for topics, but Thirty Days of Autism has me noticing the little things as I move through my days and I am appreciating the richness of my world. At these times I am reminded of another frosty February morning thought: Look down once in a while and notice where you are – it is not enough to look forward and back. I am working out my relationship with the stretchiness of time, and I am more mindful of living in the moment and stepping with care… and appreciating all the little wonderfuls.
I accept that my writing may be unconventional and perhaps even awkward at times. I have a tendency to combine the unexpected. I love metaphor and irony and juxtaposition. I am pragmatic: if I can’t find the word I want, I have an impulsive tendency to create a new one, and I love the dash and dot, dot, dot…
My language may be somewhat unconventional, but for me there is an authenticity and a naturalness to my writing. This is the language I have in my ear when I hear my thoughts. And sometimes too – the relationship is rather circular – sometimes I don’t know what I think until I hear what I say or read what I have written. The voice and the sensibility are linked to me: author and text intertwined, process and production enmeshed. My writing is a sometimes-unexpected combination of quirky and conventional, deep and light-hearted, irreverent and formal, cheeky and moving, hesitant and reckless. There is both the Yin and the Yang here, as I scribe my journey… and that is me on the page.
Thank you to those of you who are reading this blog, re-posting this blog to fb and Twitter, printing this blog to share with a parent, teacher, family member, or co-worker, and/or emailing it to people you think might be interested. My goal is to increase understanding for those with social cognitive differences, and I cannot do it alone!
Thankfully – I have you!
As I reflect this evening on my journey into the world of blogging, I have a few butterflies making their presence known. Tomorrow I am to be interviewed by Michelle Eliot the segment producer for The Parent Project with CBC Radio’s On the Coast. Oh my… this is a big opportunity to promote social understanding!
And so again I find myself taking new steps… and next steps… and hoping to make a difference for H, and others like him, and for a future we all share…
Here is the link to the CBC Radio Podcast (Aired July 5, 2011): http://www.cbc.ca/onthecoast/episodes/2011/07/05/the-parent-project-1/
30 Days of Autism is a project designed to fight stigma, promote civil rights, and increase understanding and acceptance for those who process and experience the world differently.
© Leah Kelley, Thirty Days of Autism, (2011)
Leah, thank you for stopping by! And for the link on grief, it’s more than welcome. I will add it to the post.
Hey, hey, just hopping right back. So glad I bumped straight into this post. I write in exactly the same way, so much so I laughed outloud when I read “sometimes I don’t know what I think until I hear what I say or read what I have written” as I had just been trying to describe why I write on a blog post I’m currently doing, and one of the reasons is because it’s the way I find my answer!
I hope the interview went well x
Thank you so much Renata!
I felt the same way about your writing! I love the way you use your words! And yes… there is a familiarity that I recognized as well – the tone – or descriptions?? I don’t know… but if you think we sound alike – I’ll take that as a huge complement!
Yes… I think the interview went well… but I suppose I will have to wait and see how it all shakes out with the edited version that airs. I have a good feeling about it because the interviewer had such great questions and listened so well. She certainly helped to quell my butterflies and put me very much at ease.
It airs this coming Tuesday, July 5… fingers crossed ❀
I found you today after finding the blog with a hop for us with special kiddos. I’m excited to come back and read you blog!
I’ve only been blogging for about a month, and find it a great outlet during this time.
I’m also visiting from the blog hop, and I’m enjoying reading your blog. If you are looking for topics, I’m dying to read more about experiences with schools and choosing placements.