Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thankfulness Thursday

Asperger's, autism, book recommendations, difference, gardening, quirks, fine motor skills, thankfulness, silliness
Good afternoon, reader! It's a beautiful, rainy day here but that will not stop us from being grateful that we're still breathing, right? Of course not! Here's what I'm feeling thankful for today:

  • I am thankful that my finger is almost better (at least I'm telling myself it is because then I can ignore all the people who keep advising me to get it X-rayed). I've been able to get it out of the splint for long periods today. It keeps swelling back up, so that's probably not the best idea. Using it to type seems particularly problematic, but...well, take my word for it - it's almost better. That's the story I'm sticking to. Moving on...
  • I am thankful that I am sometimes just as quirky as Gus. Not only does it help me to understand him, but it also gives me a good excuse when I do things that other people might give me strange looks for. The example would be how I spent part of my morning: gardening. What's weird about that? It was raining. Not just drizzling or pouring, but it was fully raining - drops bouncing off the blacktop and everything. My neighbor came out to get his newspaper and gave me that look that said, "what the hell is she doing?" I was planting. It occurred to me that a lot of people do their planting when it's nice out, but then complain when they get all hot and sweaty because the sun's beating down on them. Anyway, I planted some flowers that I bought this morning (before it rained) and transplanted my tomato plant. I found out that they are Better Boy tomatoes, by the way. It helped that we have a pretty deep overhang on the house, so I wasn't getting drenched, but I could see myself planting out back if it wasn't raining too hard as long as I had a raincoat and hood. What do you think? Would you garden in the rain or am I nuts?
  • I am thankful for the Magic Tree House series of books by Mary Pope Osborne. I've learned some interesting things from these books. The latest Monday with a Mad Genius was all about Leonardo DaVinci.

    Osborne mentioned DaVinci's mirror writing, and now guess who's interested in learning to do that? Anything that helps my kids, who both have trouble with fine motor skills, to gain strength and control with their hands is a good deal. Sure, I'll be building confusion with letter direction at the same time, but really, let's just look at the positives for now!
Clearly, I'm feeling a little silly this afternoon, but a little silliness is good for the soul especially on a rainy day. What are you thankful for today?

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  1. What a great thankful list and what a way to garden and your reasoning is perfect and so true. Love the story of your finger...stick to it my friend :) Excellent post Have a great Thursday and give gus a high five for me :)

  2. Another great thankful Thursdays. And beside, as always, being thankful that it's almost Friday, I am even more thankful that I will be going to the artichoke festival this weekend.


  3. Hello
    Great thankful list you have
    I've seen moms with the same problem like you and how tough you all need to become.
    Your blog is inspirational to me, today I'm thankful that I found your blog which enlighten me :)

  4. Thom: Hi-5 passed to Gus! Finger still splinted, unfortunately. I can't seem to remember not to use it otherwise :-) But a little better every day!

    Mike: I remember that you love artichokes - hope you enjoyed the festival!

    Dsy: Welcome and I'm glad to be of service!


Welcome - thanks for sharing your insights!