Feet on Ground… Heart in Hand… Be Yourself…

I know one thing for certain… I am not going to get this whole motherhood thing completely right. I know there are things I do well, and that there are also things I need to work to do better. I realize that no matter how hard I work – I will not get it perfectly figured out.

I am okay with that.

I will keep working on it anyway.

Feet on ground…

Heart in hand…

Facing forward…

Be yourself…

Parenting is dynamic… it shifts and changes… and we get a part of it moving smoothly and something else, some other variable throws a curve. I know there will be ups and downs and wonderful moments and some that will come near to ripping out my heart. That it is dynamic, brings challenges and struggle… but it also brings the joy and marvel of this journey.

Feet on ground…

Heart in hand…

Facing forward…

Be yourself…

Today Craig the Amazing took us out for a Burger Brunch (Unusual – yes – but it suited us quite perfectly – and we may just be starting a new line-avoiding tradition) and H gave me this card and these lovely flowers.

mothersday1.jpg I love that my son’s card reflects his sense of my acceptance of who he is… this is a part of how he will come to have acceptance within himself.


That made my day!

When, I asked H a bit about the card,  he elaborated with, “C’mon, it’s Snoopy! You can’t argue with that!”

momandme.jpgI must also express appreciation to my Mother for modelling and teaching me about integrity, kindness, being myself and about resilience.

It is a positive legacy… as we make our way on this far from ordinary… and yet, conversely, extraordinary journey!

Feet on ground…

Heart in hand…

Facing forward…

Be yourself…

Please Note: This post has a theme song… Take a listen to this great song from one of my favourite Canadian artists, Jann Arden: Good Mother


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.

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About Leah Kelley

Leah Kelley, MEd., Educator, Ed.D. Student, Parent, Activist, Speaker. Writes blog: 30 Days of Autism. Projects support social understanding & Neurodiversity paradigm. Co producer of documentary: Vectors of Autism. Twitter: @leah_kelley Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/leahkelley13/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/30-Days-of-Autism-Leah-Kelley/154311301315814
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9 Responses to Feet on Ground… Heart in Hand… Be Yourself…

  1. Your son is fortunate to have a mother who understands the neurological differences of autism, and who is helping him bridge the gap between himself and the social world. Thanks for all you do to support social understanding and neurodiversity!


  2. Renee Salas says:

    Love it, love it, love it!!! Happy Mother’s Day (late). Yesterday was chaos here 🙂
    Love and Hugs to you and yours. ❤


  3. Sandy says:

    This is beautiful and what your son wrote about you says it ALL. As much as you may stumble…you’re doing something so very right! Warms mg heart. You are an amazing woman!


  4. alexforshaw says:

    Awesome card (you can never go wrong with Snoopy) and beautiful flowers — love it!! Different date for Mother’s Day here in the UK, so not so hectic for us. Love to you all xxx


  5. colinb897 says:

    Lovely. What everyone else says. Thought, at first (till seeing the era cues) that it was H rather than you in the photograph.


    • Leah Kelley says:

      Cool… I usually assume H looks much more like Craig… but yes, that is wee little me with my mom! I love the happy exuberance captured in this shot! I’d love to bottle that and take it with me everywhere 🙂


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