1. Donna Sturdevant Edgar
    November 4, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    This really hit me. My daughter is 12 and it’s been years since she was invited to a birthday party too. Last time I asked her if she wanted a birthday party, she said there was no one to invite. Breaks my heart. I thought that if we lived in a neighborhood with more kids, she’d have more friends, but after reading this, I realize that the answer really is no.


  2. Pam Zercher
    November 4, 2013 @ 12:58 pm

    Miss Jenn is a treasure.


  3. Kim Richards
    November 5, 2013 @ 3:58 pm

    Thank you! This was wonderful


  4. Ginger
    November 6, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    I loved that Jack recognized where he’d be happiest! Yeah for all the Miss Jenn’s in the world.
    Advice please. I was wondering if Jack has any friends who are autistic? Is that like putting two introverts in a room together with a tv, or is it somehow easier to make friends with someone who’s brain is more similar? I ask because it’s become clear to us recently that our son exhibits most of the traits of Asperger’s. I’ve been struggling to figure out how to help him fit into the world socially. I’ve seen the same thing with adults. He’s doing great at school for the firs time this year (in a preK program, holding off on actual kindergarten still) and I think it’s all because his teacher just accepted him, quirks and all. He feels some tiny connection to her that he’s never had before with anyone at school. I’m so very thankful for her, but I so wish he could learn to play with other kids and have a companion to “fight bad guys” with or do beyblade battles. For the most part I just accept him for who he is which is the kid who is very excited about Halloween because he loves candy but doesn’t actually wear his costume and is over trick-or-treating after the 3rd house and the kid who hates “playtime” at school, refusing to play with the toys but is happy to sit at the table and cut and glue instead. Accepting him the way he is, I think, has been immensely positive for us, but I still feel like he needs to have at least a few relationships outside our tiny family. I don’t know any other kids on the spectrum here, but I could seek them out if there was a chance it would make a difference in successfully forming a friendship.


  5. Missy
    November 7, 2013 @ 12:30 pm

    I read this the first time and went away to weep a bit. Now that I’ve wiped my nose and pulled on my “Mama Needs To Get It Together” pants, I realize that I wept because each of us who have a “Jack” get this, on some level. And it hurts.

    But, as usual, you provide a ray of light that shines hope. And for that – and a ton of other reasons – I love you. You are my people.


  6. lgrainger125
    November 9, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

    Thanks for a glimpse into your son’s world. It has helped me to understand a challenging student in my class. My interactions with him will change because I read about your wonderful Jack!


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