Monday, November 26, 2007

All this Autism Mom Wants for Christmas

Forget fancy jewelry, news clothes or state-of-the-art-electronics. All I want for Christmas is more time and energy. Counting today and Dec. 25 there are thirty days left to get a massive to-list done.

Add shopping, baking, gift wrapping, decorating to an already full agenda of giving care to two children, cleaning, cooking, chauffeuring the boys, writing daily posts and autism-related work and you get a pretty overwhelmed stay-at-home mom. I don't know what I would do if I had a full or part-time job on top to go along with all these responsibilities. I guess the baking would be first off the list...

Anyway, if I could draw a little better, I would create a cartoon of a petite woman laying flat on her back, covered with the several pages of printer paper it took to create her list. The only visible bits of this woman would be a small amount of curly brown hair and her toes.

But, alas I need to take a few art lessons before I start drawing effective cartoons and I don't quite have the time to attend sessions or practice sketching. Further, I haven't actually typed out my list. That is on my to-do list as well.

I'll do my best to keep writing posts this month (just in case someone actually has the time to read them during this all too busy season). Forgive me though if some of them are a little short. I know I don't actually have to post everyday, but for some reason I feel compelled. Maybe this same compulsion is why my list is so long. Oh well, I'll get most of my work done. I just needed to vent.

My best wishes go out to all other moms and dads who are also feeling overwhelmed by time and energy constraints this time of year. My only advice is to make your list, get one thing done at a time, and just keep going.

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