Monthly Archives: September 2011


Oldies but Goodies: Parenting Adult Special Needs: One Day At A Time

Jill is taking a break from her daily posts tonight and tomorrow night, so since it’s Rosh Hashanah and the start of a new year, we thought it was a great time to revisit the very first Parenting Adult Special Needs: One Day At A Time post from March 30, 2011. Excerpt: Your Child Is… Read the Rest Of This Article

Happy New Year: 9-29-11

Candy Apples, Challah Dipped In Honey: Today’s post is not about our daughter, but about that half of her heritage for whom today is one of the holiest days of the year, Rosh Hashanah. The Jewish New Year.  Shana Tova. Sweetness in the New Year. ©Jill Edelman, M.S.W.,L.C.S.W. 2011

Witch/Which Mother? 9-28-11

Witch Mother Makes An Appearance: Today is a grey, wet, merciless looking day. It started out decently between my daughter and me. I met her at the apartment with the intent to shop for PJ’s. The new furniture, ottoman and two side tables, fits like a glove. No problem, no defects. But my daughter’s room… Read the Rest Of This Article

Holes in The PJ’s and Snagged: 9-27-11

Sphere: This was a SPHERE day for our daughter. She and her apartment-mate joined a small number of fellow SPHERE members on a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Normally on a Tuesday she would be at her DSO program but she chose to go on the field trip. I… Read the Rest Of This Article

All About Me: 9-26-11

Yes Indeed: It is almost 6 P.M. and today has been all about me. Well, almost. Our daughter had her Day Service Options (DSO) program at Ability Beyond Disability where they do a variety of social activities. And though I put in a call to her cell a half hour ago, she did not pick… Read the Rest Of This Article

I Am Busy With Something: 9-25-11

Other Family Matters:  I was busy today with other family matters and called our daughter early this evening to catch up. She didn’t pick up on her cell so I called the apartment phone and her staff person told me of their day, which included a movie about a dolphin who lost its tail, a… Read the Rest Of This Article

Flying Home On A Donut: 9-24-11

We Made It: I missed an exit leaving the Cape, no surprise as I was super sleepy. Sharing a bed with our daughter in an Inn she disliked (my mistake) left me super drained and groggy. Probably stirred up by the prospect of the following morning’s memorial service and reunion with former classmates, teachers, and… Read the Rest Of This Article

A Shared Grief and A Puncture: 9-23-11

Riverview: What a profound place, this special education school that embraces its students and their families with arms of acceptance and devotion, class and humor. The memorial service for this precious young man, who perished because his seizure disorder interrupted an innocent dive into a lake he has probably spent years paddling about in, wrapped… Read the Rest Of This Article

I 95 North: 9-22-11

Kleenex: We are off to the Cape. I don’t need my Garmin. My daughter wants to know the dress code for a memorial service at her school. For me, the necessary article is Kleenex. I have no idea what this return will feel like for her. But I will be watching. ©Jill Edelman, M.S.W., L.C.S.W…. Read the Rest Of This Article

I Believe In Dreams: 9-21-11

Catching Up: Since our daughters moved into their new home about seven weeks ago, the other mother and I have not chatted. All was going well and we had the freedom to take care of other aspects of our lives. Today we finally caught up to make some decisions on coffee tables, ottomans and side… Read the Rest Of This Article