Showing posts from January, 2015

The calling

I've never actually thought of myself as a writer per se.   Several years ago, my friend encouraged me to start a blog about what it's like to be an autism mama.  She thought maybe some people might like to hear what I had to say about my journey, my walk, with autism.  And so I did.

I'm an avid reader, but that doesn't make me qualified to write.  I've always loved writing, I was the editor of our yearbook in high school, wrote for the school paper, etc.  Essays were my favorite kind of tests.  I excel with words.  I think it has something to do with talking so much.  But I've never taken a class on writing, on grammar, on where punctuation should go and stuff.  As a substitute teacher I have found myself googling the most basic of grammar questions because I just forgot all of those endless rules.  I always tell the students, "Listen, it's been about 100 years since I was in 4th grade."  And sometimes it feels like just that long.

So who in t…

Today's word is dignity.

Sometimes I have so much to write about, I end up not writing at all.  Kind of like this.

A few weeks ago, I was talking with a dear friend about some extremely odd behavior of a grown man and she said, "I mean really, have some dignity"
And that got me REALLY thinking about that word.  
I have a thing with words, maybe you've noticed?  Anyway, Merriam-Webster defines dignity as.... : a way of appearing or behaving that suggests seriousness and self-control : the quality of being worthy of honor or respect
I'm not so sure about the "seriousness" part but self-control?  Yes.  Being worthy of honor and respect? Sign me up please. 
I define dignity as

Or some sort of version of that. 
Dignity for me is really that thing buried deep inside of you, likely entangled with your soul and your self worth and things like pride and inner strength that tell you, "I'm better than this."
Dignity is that thing that tells you that you d…