By Kim Stagliano
So here we are - Valentine's Day 2014. I don't know about you, but I'm bit cynical this year. We have eleventy inches of snow on the ground. Have had more snow days here in CT than Carter's has pills (Google it, kids) and frankly, the only LOVE I feel right now is for the yellow school bus as it approaches my house. My kids are fried, their schedules destroyed by the weather. Then I remembered this video from SNL. And I laughed. Laughter is the best medicine after all.
My girls are in middle and high school. No more Valentine's parties at school - thank God. How many tons of red dye laden crap have I tossed over the years? We will celebrate with cards and a homemade treat. Love here means hard work for the most part. Constant vigilance (Harry Potter reference.) Thinking and formulating plans to make sure the girls are safe, protected, content. Educating other people over and over. What to do. What NOT to do. There is precious little time or energy for traditional Valentine shenanigans. That's the price we pay when we assume responsibility for our children. But there's plenty of love here. There's always love.
What does your Valentine's Day look like? Anything you remember from your own childhood? Or in the BA days? (Before Autism, if you can even remember that far back.) I made that mug for my husband before the girls were diagnosed. We've kept it as a reminder of....
Here's to plenty of chocolate, a glass of wine, some flowers perhaps and love. Even autism-style.
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her novel, House of Cards; A Kat Cavicchio romantic suspense is available from Amazon in all e-formats now. Her memoir, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa is available in hardcover, paperback and e-book.