Why when entering into my 5th decade would I suddenly decide to start blogging you might be asking yourself…or not?!?!? After all, I don’t do “The” Facebook, Tweet, just found out about BBMing (although I do text) and only recently got myself a phone with a qwerty keyboard. The phone was only because I was getting tired of pressing the number 7 key four times in order to get an “s” (which I’m pretty sure is one of the most popular letters) when texting.
I am the only female in a family of 5. A husband (who we’ll refer to as “G”) who has been retired for sooo long it’s a miracle we’re both still alive, a stepson “J1” (32 years old) who has an aspiring music career, a son “J2” (18-1/2 years old) who has aspirations of following in his older brother’s footsteps and another son “R” aka Riley (17 years old) who this blog is about and by the way has autism. I’ve been married for over 20 years (only feels like 50 as “G” likes to say) and am a breast cancer survivor of 5 years (had to throw that in for the sympathy read).
I am still leery about divulging tooooo much information on-line (as evident by the reference to my family as initials rather than their names)…not really sure why…must have something to do with entering into my 5th decade. Not that I’m dwelling on that fact.
A lot of people…OK…some people…OK…mostly friends…well…a few “good” friends…OK…maybe just my family…ummmm…perhaps it was just my sister *sigh* have encouraged me to write about our “adventures” (as I like to call them) with Riley. I am now ready and somehow feel obliged to share all my wisdom, knowledge, insights and theories (also known as “DOT’s”) with anybody who is willing to read/listen.
The “Life of Riley” is anything but boring. From the early days of his diagnosis, through preschool, elementary and now high school we have had the good fortune of meeting and getting to know people who have guided us through mountains of paperwork, seemingly endless numbers of assessments, choosing therapies and more importantly teaching us ways to give Riley the best opportunities for success that worked for us as a family.
Now that I’ve gotten the background information all taken care of…stay tuned and I hope you enjoy reading about “Our Adventures with Riley”.