Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Catching Up

There have been a few things I've been wanting to do for months now - post to the blog more often, buy a Kindle, and read Kim Stagliano's book, All I Can Handle : I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism. So, I'm finally catching up!

My new kindle arrived late last night. Who knew UPS delivered until 9pm during the holidays? I had been anxiously awaiting it's arrival, so I have to admit I was a little less than happy to wait so long. I guess patience has never been a strong suit of mine.

Anyway, it arrived and I tore into it. Before I could even figure out how to turn it on, Michael was in my lap asking a ton of questions. Was it a computer? What's a book reader? Does it really have books inside? I told him I needed to buy a book and he scooched over an inch or two so I could move my hands.

The very first book I bought was Kim's. I'd been wanting to read it since it came out, but I really wanted to wait for the Kindle. Now I had it, and the book was downloading. I was finally happy and excited.

You might know that Michael hates to read out loud to us. Absoulutely refuses to do it unless it's forced homework. Last night, he read the first three pages of the book out loud to me and Steve. I was laughing at Kim and crying with joy to hear Michael read to us. (It was rather surreal to have him read a book to us about dealing with autism, but if I focus too much on that point, my head will explode.)

After he decided he had read enough he wanted to know what other books we could read on it. I told him I didn't know since I had just gotten it. I think he inherited that lack of patience from somewhere. This morning, the first thing he did was ask about the Kindle. I told him we could look at it more after school today. Who knows, maybe this can be the start of us reading together again. I can't tell you how happy that would make me.

As for Kim's book, it's everything I was expecting it to be - funny, charming, and right on point. It is so nice to read her book and 'get' every word on every page. I know her life is vastly more complicated than mine, but she makes me feel like I have a sister up north. If you haven't read the book, I'd highly recommend it.

Now, enough blogging, I have a book to finish!

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