For many of us, the holidays are bittersweet. We buy our adult children Sesame Street toys. We worry about how to manage the noise, lights and hubbbub of a large family meal. Is Auntie Bev going to serve GF food? So many hurdles - will any of the 8 nights of candles be peaceful? And so it goes.
Take a moment for yourself - especially you Moms. Go into a room and close the door. Sit. Breathe. Know that you are doing your best even when it feels like you rival Joan Crawford at her worst. Soldier on. You have support and love everywhere within our community and we will always bolster each other. You are us. We are you.
Twas the night before Christmas, to our readers we say
Thank you kindly for logging on every day.
Your comments were written with keen thought and care
In hopes that we'd publish them and not put them "there."
Blaxill and Olmsted with science expose
The strange world of pharma and how it all goes.
And Kim in her office (so close to the stove)
Baked up post after post and some cookies with clove.
The stories keep coming - vaccines that did shatter
We ask every day, "Will our voices soon matter?"
Parents who tell us their toddlers did crash
As doctors and media continue to bash.
The stories are true, oh this much we know
To special ed and therapy our children will go.
The pushback from pharma has become very clear
We ask you what is it that they have to fear?
They know that they made our kids so very sick
With a needle they said was "just a small prick."
They say we are looking for someone to blame
Where is their conscience, their care and their shame?
Now Offit! Now Pan! Now Szabo and Reiss!
Snyderman chastises, "Just roll the dice!"
To the CDC schedule! You must heed our call!
Now vaccinate! Vaccinate! Vaccinate all!
As sleeves roll up and babies will cry
Some children will sicken. Some may even die.
And then in a twinkling hear this dear friends
We will not sleep until the epidemic ends.
We must work as a team seeking answers all 'round
Our goal is the same: A cure must be found.
On Twitter we hashtag and battle the bots
"Our children are aging, they are no longer tots!"
Experience has taught us to connect the dots
Autism for many was caused by those shots.
But the future's not bleak, we have many a star
RFK, HealthChoice and always GR
Thank Schneider, McCarthy whose voices ring out
"Informed consent is the message we shout!"
We'll continue to work and to wage the good fight.
For the kids who are growing - we will do what is right.
The AofA team