Welcome to You Can’t Be Serious! In general, that sentiment pretty much nails my take on parenting: you just can’t be serious. Not that I’m laid back and chill about it. Far from it. I pretzel myself into knots over the whole messy, fun, loud, heart-breaking, challenging, crazy-making, profound, exhilarating, loving and tender experience of sheparding my spawn into adulthood. But it can be hilariously funny sometimes. As in seriously? She did what?? You can't be serious, And at other times, if you don’t laugh, you’d cry. Humor is my most reflexive and natural approach to life – and sometimes it’s even propelled me forward when I was stuck. I feel like a sense of humor is one of the greatest gifts I can give my kids – or family, friends and the world at large.
To give you some context into our ongoing chucklefest, I’m married to Daddy-O, whom I think I hitched my star to primarily because of his ready laugh and whackadoodle view of the world. We’ve got two children – Teen Spirit, aged 18 and typically developing, and La Principessa, aged 10, with Down syndrome. Didn't see that coming. And yes, that's a big age difference – one that can work for or against us depending on the day. They both dragged us kicking and screaming onto what I call the ADHD Express. We’ve faced life-threatening heart conditions and life-saving surgeries. We've struggled to imagine what the future might look like and wondered how we would ever get there. We’ve trudged up so many hills only to realize there was a beautiful ride ahead as we coasted down the other side. Together Daddy-O, Teen Spirit and La Principessa form the foundation and core of my life. But. Love makes you do crazy, funny things sometimes – and I want to tell you about it.
I'm February's Blogger of the Month so stop by a few times a week to hear more about our daily adventures and how we occasionally manage a grin or a giggle.