“We read to know that we are not alone.” — C.S. Lewis
With my first day under my belt, I’m feeling good. I did finish a book, but not until dinnertime and G was at school all day, so I’m going to have to pick up the pace. He doesn’t have school today so he’s at Grandma’s for a few hours until I pick him up and we take the train downtown to the science center. I’m going to sneak today’s book in my purse and hope he doesn’t notice when I pull it out to read on the way.
So, yesterday I spent quite a bit of time reading in the backyard. I ran into a few neighbors last night and find out that the mysterious bites Jason and I have all over our bodies is something we share with at least three other houses on the street. See the bottom of the oak tree in my picture? We are all being eaten up my oak mites! They are particularly bad here this year because of the cicadas, maybe. Anyway, long story short, I went outside to take this picture but came back inside to nurse all of the itchy mite bites I have 🙁 I need to find an oak mite free reading spot.
Yesterday I read, Following Ezra:What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters, Autism, and Love from His Extraordinary Son by Tom Fields-Meyer. It was perfect for my first choice and at 241 pages a reasonable book to finish in a day.
What it’s about-A father tries to find ways to reach and help his autistic son. Beginning with Ezra’s preschool diagnosis and ending with his bar mitzvah at 13, Fields-Meyer shares his insights with humor and compassion.
What I learned- A positive attitude will take you far and bar mitzvahs take a lot of preparation. I already live with the reality of autism and that’s why I shared the Lewis quote. I learned that I am not alone in the struggle.
Who would love it– Anyone who loves to read touching memoirs and those who are interested in learning more about autism’s impact on the family.
If you’re interested in more of my thoughts they can be found here.