Friday, June 14, 2013

A Cause for Celebration

Today I'm joining in the weekly Celebrating the Small Things bloghop for the first time. It's simple: just sign up on the linky list, post some celebrations, and hop around to share the celebrations of others. This week I feel like celebrating so here goes.

First, something that none of you will get but I have to mention it anyway because it makes me so happy. Last month, the player music system in the MMORPG I play, The Lord of the Rings Online, was broken beyond use. Now, this is my absolute favorite part of the game and one of my favorite things in life period. So I've been pretty sad about it. But on Wednesday, it was finally fixed! I spent yesterday afternoon playing music in game with friends and it was wonderful.

Second, and more important, yesterday was also my son's Kindergarten graduation. Now to understand why this is so special to us, you have to understand that my son was put in a special school program for children with autism. He's been getting therapy for his speech and motor skills because when he started the school year in September, he could barely communicate with anything other than movie quotes and he wasn't even potty trained. But his teachers are the most wonderful set of women in the world because throughout the year he has seen steady improvement. He's potty trained (though he still sometimes goes through periods of regression), he actually talks to us and understands us, he's progressing so well in math, reading and writing that he was able later in the year to join in a regular kindergarten class for those lessons. His improvement is remarkable and we are so proud of him. (Though I imagine he's still going to drive us crazy after his classes end on the 19th. Summer is the bane of all parents.)

Third, and most important of all, last weekend my brother was in a dangerous car crash after falling asleep at the wheel in the middle of the night. It was a head on collision and the two victims (my brother and the woman in the other car) were both injured. My bother had several broken bones and was believed to be in danger for a day after being taken to the hospital. However, he pulled through quickly and though he looked pretty banged up when I visited him on Monday, he's recovering well and should be able to go home this weekend. (Though he probably will seriously miss the little button he gets to push to administer pain meds.) It reminds me of the car crash I was in many years ago after I fell asleep at the wheel in the middle of the day and rear ended someone. It could have been much worse (no injuries) and I was so lucky. But at least for my brother there isn't any permanent damage and maybe he'll learn a lesson about driving tired.

Nothing new on the writing front because with doctor appointments and end of school year activities this has been one busy and exhausting week. And tomorrow we are driving out of town with 5 kids (!) to attend a family high school graduation part. Wish me luck. 

Well, those are the things I'm celebrating this week. How about you?


  1. I am glad your brother isn't permanently damaged and congrats to your son!

  2. I'll keep your brother in my prayers for a complete healing. And congratulations to your little boy, how remarkable. My brother-in-law has identical twins, unfortunately, both with severe autism. Many times writing has to take a back seat so you can live your life.

    1. Thanks. We're lucky that our son is on the high functioning end. He was the only one from his program to graduate kindergarten.

  3. My middle child just graduated Kindergarten too! Such a milestone :) They grow up so fast. And he's doing remarkable! My thoughts and prayers are with your brother.

    Meredith's Musings

  4. What a week for you! Congrats on your son's graduation, and I pray your brother will be back to normal in no time. May you have a wonderful weekend and smooth upcoming week. Writer’s Mark

  5. Congratulations to your son on his graduation.

  6. Sounds like you have some really big things to celebrate!

  7. How wonderful for your son. My brother-in-law communicates in movie quotes, too. I usually speak to him through lines in Indiana Jones. :)

  8. What an eventful week! I'm so glad everyone survived! Just think of all of the ideas it will give you when you get a chance to write again!
    Happy Friday!
    Mei @ Diary of a Fair Weather Diver
    (There were just not enough ! in this post, so here are a few more !!!!!!)

  9. Isn't it lovely to celebrate?! Cheers to making music, milestones, and miracles! I am glad that your brother was ok. I hope you'll keep celebrating with us on the blog hop!

    Brandy's Bustlings


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