Raising little Westies, and life as parent of a special needs son

Luau writes about keeping watch.
It’s a hard task for any parent when they have to keep watch over an infant or toddler for a few months, then to a lesser extent, a couple of years. Every now and then, they have to do it while their child is ill.
Those of us with kids on The Spectrum have to maintain that vigil. Some of us, “forever.”

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Even as I am having a completely inane conversation with this mom I just met I am watching. She has no idea where her child is or what her child is doing, and the truth is, that is okay. Her child is 9, maybe 10 years old, and despite being a bit of a spoiled brat, can handle herself just fine with all of the other kids here.

Meanwhile, I am watching, half turned away from the droning mom, half listening to what she is saying, fully aware of where Brooke is, what she is doing and gauging the immediate potential pitfalls that surround her.

Brooke starts to move toward another mother and her baby, I take a step away from verbal diarrhea mom before Brooke moves in a different direction. I relax my shoulder and nod at some senseless question the yapper has asked. She says, “right?” with a…

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