Holy Cow! My Daugther is Autistic!...

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posted Nov 9, 2022


E. Marmer | Free to Navel Gaze A few days ago, I learned that my 28-year-old daughter Sophie is autistic, and I’ve been walking around semi-stunned ever since. Not because the diagnosis changes any of the facts on the ground- my daughter is who she is and I’ve observed...

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Oh Mom

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posted May 23, 2018


Oh Mom. Mommy. My mommy.   You are my mommy to the fullest degree of meaning that term caries. You are the person to whom I can still, at age 56, show melted, back-to-age-four, unfiltered and undefended affection. As an adult I had to pull away, even at times...

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Declarations

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posted Jun 25, 2017


“Mom,” my sixteen-year-old daughter asked me one day, “did you know there’s a scale for sexual orientation, zero for exclusively heterosexual and six for exclusively homosexual?” A few seconds later she added, “I’m a three.” This was not news to me. She’d struggled quite openly for the past two...

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