The Beauty of Conversation Unplugged: “Mom ~ I love you!!”

Today H and I  were heading into the big city. It was close to a two hour trip and we agreed to have a no technology drive. That meant no iPad, iPod or laptop in the car for H… and apparently no CBC radio for me. Instead – we talked. We talked of many wonderful things today and I won’t recount it all – but I must share this one small conversation:

“Mom… I love you”

“Aw… H are you telling me this to make me feel good?”

“Yes… and because it’s true. But Mom…”


“Sometimes I say it because I don’t know what else to say.”

“Well, it’s a nice thing to say!”

“Ya, sometimes I start to say something and I say ‘mom’ and then I forget what I was going to say.”

“Oh – so it’s a kind of fail-safe…”

“Ya. Now you know my secret!”



“I love you!!!”

I have observed before that sometimes the pace chooses me. However, I can’t help but notice – that we often have some say in the pace of things. When we slow the pace – and take the time to connect… there is always ALWAYS a treasured moment to be found.


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, (2012)

About Leah Kelley, Ed.D.

Leah Kelley, M.Ed, Ed.D., Writer, Consultant, Activist, Speaker, and Educator, working with Teacher Candidates at UBC. Authors blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding, Neurodiversity paradigm, Disability Justice, and connecting Disability Studies in Education(DSE)to Educational Practice. Twitter: @leah_kelley Facebook: 30 Days of Autism: Leah Kelley
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4 Responses to The Beauty of Conversation Unplugged: “Mom ~ I love you!!”

  1. No CBC? I feel your pain.

    What a lovely secret H had.


    • Leah Kelley says:

      Thank you! He is charming. honest, and quite frankly… hilarious!

      Later in the day he told me Zena Warrior Princess was beautiful – but then quickly added that she was not as beautiful as me. When I questioned this as possibly not the case – he told me it was a part of the son’s code to say these things to moms – and that there was an “organization”. Then, with perfect comedic timing he said – “OH crap – that is a secret – now they’ll probably kick me out!”

      Can you say spit-take?? I almost sprayed my Starbucks on the windshield!

      And too…on a slightly different topic – somehow I figured you to be a fellow CBC fan!! Yay!


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