Archive for December, 2007
My street is a busy two way street that pretty much runs from the Mississippi River to the West End District of town. Cuts across the city, east to west.
My son’s school bus broke down (before it picked him up) and blocked traffic. It had its lights on. It had an SUV with lights on near it. It also had a cop car with lights flashing near it.
To top it off, it had an officer directing traffic.
Now, as we stood outside waiting for the spare bus to get my son, we got to watch the people who felt that STOP didn’t REALLY mean stop. It meant, perhaps, for the person behind them to stop. Or that it meant don’t stop until you are a foot away from the cop. Or maybe just kind of slow down to a crawl, instead of stopping. It wasn’t just one moron, there were a bunch of happy little morons out on the road today.
There needed to be a second cop there just to make out tickets. It would have been enough to pay for the NICC bond issue, I swear.
Campaign on Childhood Mental Illness Succeeds at Being Provocative – New York Times
We have your son. We will make sure he will no longer be able to care for himself or interact socially as long as he lives.
So I called the man behind this and told him that my sons are not held hostage. That I knew someone who had her ex husband kidnap their child, and it was horrible. That right now my sons are in school, safe, and learning, and happy.
His contact information if that is at all important to you:
P.S. Doctor, autism is not a mental illness. It is a developmental disability. If it was a mental illness, insurance would cover a lot more than it does.
I made my schedule for Spring 2008, and managed to keep my sons’ therapy schedules (OT/PT/speech) as is — no juggling there.
What I didn’t notice, though, was that on Tuesdays and Thursdays, I have two classes on two different campuses. Whoops. I should have plenty of time to get from the downtown class to the one in Peosta (a town outside Dubuque) though. I was just so busy making sure the kids were ok, that I didn’t notice that.
In the fall, though, I should have more online classes. Right now I have one hybrid (2 hour lecture and the rest online), two downtown, and one in Peosta. Of course the one in Peosta is a 4 credit bio class with lab, so that’s 3 days a week. Ah well. Required.
Hope the way the shuttle runs I spend most of my wait time in Peosta, as the cafeteria there is cheaper than most (if not all) downtown eateries. Yum.