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Confessions of a Metal Mommy 0

Confessions of a Metal Mommy

Posted on Feb 4, 2015

I recently wrote an essay that I was to read as an audition to speak for an event that celebrates Motherhood. I decided not to participate, but I thought I’d share what I wrote. Just in case any of you other Unconventional Moms out there needed to know that you are not alone…. (yes, I’m in that photo…upper middle…don’t anyone light a match!!) You know when you hear the story about the innocent girl from the midwest who steps off the bus onto Hollywood Blvd with all of her belongings in one bag and a guitar slung over her shoulder, determined to become a star? Well, that girl was me about 25 years ago, except that I arrived in a ’69 VW Bug with a pooping cat and a few more bags. After attending college for one whole year, I blew that popsicle stand because ‘you don’t need a degree to be a rock star.’ I spent about 3 years living the life in Hollywood, singing in a heavy metal band—rubbing elbows with celebrities, my bottle of Boones Farm and I hitting all-night drunken parties, dating dudes with names like Scat, Bumper and Roach, passing out band flyers on the Sunset Strip and singing my heart out to anyone...

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They Will Figure it Out. And So Will You.

Posted on Sep 6, 2012

Aaack, I’ve been nervous about my Sullivan starting middle school.  I will admit that mostly I’ve been feeling like everything will work out, he’ll figure it out eventually….but as the first day approached I found myself starting to wonder how in the world he was really going to do just that. As I’ve mentioned before, Sullivan has Asperger’s Syndrome, so with this comes some unique challenges.  Every single child with this diagnosis has a different level of challenge, as each child with Asperger’s is like….a child with Asperger’s.  I think it’s safe to say that most kids who deal with this deal with some level of awkwardness, be it social, physical, or both…and one of Sullivan’s big areas of improvement would be his organizational skills.  I can’t tell you how many times I have to tell him to do something over and over, only to have it forgotten.  At school last year, things didn’t get written in the planner.  If they did, he often had no clue what it was that he had written about.  He constantly had to be wrangled about getting to business in the mornings, or he would get distracted by a book on the classroom bookshelf and never get around to putting his homework in...

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