Saturday, June 5, 2010

If I Had a Hammer


1. Are you handy with tools?

Yes, I am.
My father used to be handy too and he liked company when DIY-ing.
So I often stood looking at what he did.

2. What was the best thing that happened to you this week?

Someone gave me a buddhist amulet just because he felt like doing it. Not because he knew me.
I felt very priviliged and happy with the amulet.
It's beautiful and the fact that someone gave me a present... Thanks!

3. What was the worst thing that happened to you this week?

Those who have followed my blog and have read between the lines.
They're investigating me to see if I'm fit for a parent.
We've once had the whole investigation before we wanted to adopt.
Now we're in it again, but because someone reported us.
Since then I've found out that many autism families have gone through the same. With autism, families are not average. It needs to be accepted that we're very conscious parents, that a yelling child doesn't mean it's mollested, but that it has a meltdown, when an autistic child runs away it doesn't mean he's not treated well, etc etc.
It's frightening when people want to find fault, because we're not perfect.

4. Do you think you act your age?

At times. But which age do you mean? The chronological one?

5. Describe an item of clothing that has definitely seen better days but that you refuse to dispose of and still wear. Why won't you toss it?

OK, I'm wearing it.
Trousers. The fabric is smooth and stretching and it feels sooooo good.

6. What is your favorite summertime beverage?


7. Have you ever lied about your age?

Not really, but I don't keep track of it very well.
So I have been a year older and a year younger.

8. What was the most memorable birthday party you've attended?

Of a child that wasn't sopposed to live anymore.

9. What is something that really frightens you, and can you trace it back to an event in your life?

"Them" deciding I'm not a fit mother and taking my girls into fostercare.
I've lost two babies, due to natural causes, as they say.
I know people can make wrong decisions, just because they're not able to see behind the theory or their own ideas. Theories don't describe it all, and all I can hope is that "they" are able to see that exceptions can be well functioning families and parents too.
People have described me wrong in the past too, but I never cared.
Now I've already been described in a way that isn't me at all.
It feels so desperate to be confronted with people who are not able to see a happy family for what it is.

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