1. Mary Beth Danielson
    November 26, 2018 @ 11:54 am

    This couplet is perfect and stunning.
    “I know if compassion is a house you build, then storytelling is the key to the front door.”
    Most of what I know about being part of a good (or at least not toxic) neighborhood around people and families that have autism in them – I know from your stories.


  2. lily cedar
    November 28, 2018 @ 7:52 am

    Beautiful writing. My disabled daughter I’ve figured out how to love but my alcoholic son I have yet to figure out how to love. Thank you for reminding me of unconditional love.


  3. Audrey Bueno
    November 28, 2018 @ 11:57 am

    Life, disappointment, ordinary, despair, defeat, joy, some kinf of joy, love, some kind of love. It all within a human heart. It all every minute. Every hour. Every day. Every step we take.


  4. soupandsanity
    November 29, 2018 @ 10:46 pm

    My comments seem to have a certain sameness about them,so I don’t always comment but what I want most to say is “Thank you”!

    This post, in particular has that quality that is the hallmark of your writing. It captures the simultaneous banality and transcendence of everyday life in your family, and perhaps in all families, even when Autism is not in the picture, but especially when it is.

    I agree with one of the earlier comments that spoke of your lines about compassion being a house that you build and storytelling being the key to the front door. Your stories give us a glimpse into moments in your life that have echoes in our own-a way to build that compassion where we can all live.

    You and your family will be in my thoughts as the holidays move in and along, away and back again.

    Again, Thank You!


  5. Mary Bishop
    December 3, 2018 @ 5:37 am

    Your definition of unconditional love is so well put: “Unconditional love is gritty, hold-your-head-in-your-hands hard.

    It is determined.

    It is raw.

    It is a choice.”

    May God give you, me and all who desire to give true love, the strength and the courage to live this unconditional love that is hard.
    Bless your Jack and your whole family.
    Thank you for sharing your path of unconditional love which is so hard but at the same time real and beautiful in all it’s difficulties.


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