This morning I clicked over to read Susan Etlinger’s latest post on The Family Room blog. Among her other treasures of the day were a couple of new blog recommendations for her readers. Both are excellent. One of these, in fact, was a blog I just discovered myself this week, that of my friend Emily in Texas. Aptly titled A Life Less Ordinary, Emily writes about life with her three fantastic little boys, who are perfectly extraordinary.
Finding Emily’s blog was a gift this week. We were friends back in San Francisco, brought together by Baxter and her oldest son, TH, who were absolutely the best of friends in preschool. Our families began to meet up for playdates, and Emily and I always seemed to manage dinners out on each other’s wedding anniversaries (without our spouses). I’m still not sure how it worked out that way, but it did. That is, until they moved to Texas and we left for Chicago in the summer of ’06. With work and distance and all these boys, Emily and I have only stayed in touch sporadically, so you can imagine my joy when I was able to sit down, read her posts and look at her photos – and TH’s incredible artwork!! – on her blog all at once.
Thus, I was thrilled to see that Susan had linked to Emily today. Coincidentally enough, Emily had just posted to her own readers that they should come on over and check out The Wonderwheel, writing awfully sweet and humbling things about this blog and my work. (Aww, shucks.)
I can’t let this circle of blog love stop here. All day I was thinking, “I need to bring this full circle and link back to Susan now!” But here’s the thing. All I could think of was how many of you are out there, blogging about your very special kids. Yes, I know, all kids are special (yadda, yadda, yadda), and I enjoy reading some blogs that are written by parents of typically-developing kids too, but those of you who are writing so beautifully about the winding path you walk with your extraordinary kids, you all deserve a really huge thank you from me.
So here we go:
You and you and also you and you..and you and of course you, you, and you – and also you, you, and you…and all the rest of you out there whom I haven’t yet read or haven’t visited recently enough because eventually a girl’s gotta sleep…
Thank you for letting me in and not making me feel like an impostor for reading and commenting on your blogs. Thank you for reading and being a part of my life through my own blog. Thank you for helping me to bridge – just a little bit – the wide gap between parents with typically-developing kids and those who are on their own unique path through life. Thank you for your insights into parenting, which not only allow me to be a better parent myself but have dramatically changed the way I work with families.
Thank you, Susan, and thank you, Emily.
All of you.