Thursday, July 1, 2010

Answers and questions

Daylily 'Dallas Star,' an oldie but goodie, and one of my favorites.

One more hurdle overcome this week: an appointment with a clinical psychologist to get the results of our son's testing from last week. No real surprises, except for the diagnosis of a math learning disability on top of the Asperger's Syndrome, and that was more of a "Yeah, that makes sense," moment than a "What do you mean?" moment. So now we have the information to take back to the school to start the process of drawing up an IEP. I never thought I'd be living back in IEP-land after leaving special education 12 years ago, but here I am approaching it from the other side.

We like the doctor, and he was encouraging about all the social activities we've had our son participate in, and he seemed to think that was even more important than getting the upper hand on his academics. We did get a laugh when he said that our son could be a textbook case for AS, and would make a good classroom example (he's a professor as well as a clinician). So, we've got a lot of work to do to help our son make the most of his public school experience. Thank God for a good school district that should be able to help our son, and by extension all of us in his family.

I'm so tired of thinking about all of this. Everything. I'm ready for summer vacation - long evenings on the porch, drawing, or in the garden, puttering; taking the kids on field trips (I've got to start calling them DAY trips, or outings, or something not in education-ese); watching the sunset off of Verona Beach. Time to slow down and BREATHE.

On a lighter note, I just finished the design for a tattoo. I can't remember if I mentioned this on the blog before, but someone working at McMurdo Base in Antarctica contacted me through Etsy a while ago to design a tattoo for her. She plans to have it inked when she's on her "summer" break in New Zealand (in October). She asked me to create a 6" abstract wreath, so she could put a quotation in the center. I just sent her a closeup of the design, and she's delighted with it. Now we're figuring out the ins/outs of getting it from Upstate NY to Antarctica via Military Mail. I still can't get over the fact that someone likes my art enough to permanently tattoo it on their body. Wild!