Have you noticed that this blog is slowly evolving? I used to write primarily about parenting a child who wants to die. But a while after this blog was born, Benjy started the Joy School, and stopped wanting to end his life. He'd wanted to die, on and off, since the age of four. Had injured himself in small and not so small ways since third grade. We were living in a kind of desperate bubble for many, many years, moving from one crisis to the next.
But now we have been granted a breather. I don't know how long it will last. Don't know if our school district will willingly continue paying the pricey Joy School tuition (and if they won't what exactly we can do about it short of taking them to court, which we can't afford).
I actually DO think our district will allow him to continue where he is -- they are principled and compassionate people, focused on kids and not money.
So it looks like this blog will continue on its current course: a celebration of one quirky boy, his amazing teenage sister, and an excellent, slightly goofy husband (who is going to receive a new sweatshirt today in the hopes he will retire the holey one, which for some reason he enjoys wearing to work). And of course, on me, in my efforts to be a good mother and wife to them all.
The Striped Nickel is a blog about parenting an Aspie who is occasionally anxious and depressed, but who DOES NOT WANT TO DIE. At least, that's what it is for now.
If I've said it once, I've said it a zillion times: We take things one day at a time here at Chez Delaunay.