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Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs Paperback – October 28, 2013
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I take the BOOK! to bed, and make love to it for three days. A dreamy baptism of story-tears and story-s*** and story-hope.
My child is there—shrunk and flattened, black & white, quoted and revered.
Daughter essay poem art.
I meet other children—Oscar Fiona Hilary Gabriel Joy Katie Owen—written alive by their mothers. An offering. Litany. Here we are.
Every narrative a laugh-groan-uhuh-amen! From this religion called--tell it like it is.
Or how it was.
Last year. Yesterday. Before…
Cause now my daughter asks for hugs at bedtime. (My poem: proved wrong by time. Says hugs hurt. Says love is silent.)
And so we are born again now and now and now.
Maybe it's time to get out of bed.
Do another happy-dance.
Tackle the laundry and dishes.
And write the next chapter.
When the book arrived, I had the house to myself for three days. (An unusual occurrence.) I climbed into bed, and immersed myself in story. At first, I searched for the familiar. Autism. Girl. High Functioning. Then, I swam deeper, listening to the surround sound mother-voices. My inner response: "Oh, so that's how you say it? I couldn't find the words, but I'm glad you did..." My outer response: tears, laughter, a blurted "Aha!"
This book feels like a much-needed group hug. A safe haven. An icebreaker. A ferocious love poem to reality.
I highly recommend it.