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The Truth about Yes” & “No”

A few weeks ago our little family ventured beyond the boundary of SWFL.  I know: it’s hard to believe.  We are trying to become more active as Riley becomes healthier and we have more energy and time to explore.  Our adventure took us to the Tampa Bay Aquarium where we met up with Miss Jessica, Riley’s 2013-14 ESE teacher, and met her beautiful one year old son for the first time.
Seeing her reminded me how one determined teacher with a mission can make a difference in the life of a child and their family.  This is especially true for children with learning disabilities.  Miss Jessica taught Riley to signal “yes” and “no!” Riley could communicate!

Chow Down

“Alex, dinner!” might sound like an echo across normal backyards the land over, except in our house it’s followed, every evening, by “Here are your hot dogs, Alex.” Hot dogs sliced by the width, about a half-inch a slice, and they have to be Hebrew Nationals because if you use any other brand you’re not fooling anybody.

"I talk to God…"

My contribution is a memory from October2008:
Where did my toddler disappear to?  Searching the house, I entered the bathroom to find Ronan laboring away seated on the small redpotty.  
Seeing me, he explained that he was in there “talking to God.”  Quite seriously he went on, “I talk to Godwhen I’m on the toilet.”    
This unexpected response left me wondering all day long how he had decided to spend his time on the toilet praying…  Each evening we recited simple prayers together and John and I each encouraged a relationship with God; however, I did not recall recommending this practice.  

Entering the bathroom, the tones of confidentiality indicated a spirituality beyond the child’s prayer I had selected for Ronan each evening from The Golden Treasury of Prayers for Boys and Girls.


Mystified by this behavior, I mentioned it to my husband, John, later in the evening.  Confession time for John: Weeks earlier Ronan kept knocking on the bathroom door and asking “Daddy, what are you doing in there?” After repeated this demand each time Daddy was found alone in the bathroom, John changed his original explanation to “talking to God.”   

Ronan has taken this as his example of how to spend his bathroom time.

We are all special… by Stacie Wiesenbaugh

The romantic life of a couple with a disabled child

The romantic life of a couple with a disabled child.

(I, John Buck, being of  relatively sound mind (yeah, who am I kidding) take credit for this contribution.
THE NAUGHTY NURSE:  Yeah after a kid with a disability, the whole nurse/doctor role-playing thing will never be the same.  Instead she is the b*tch  who critiques you on how you handle being a parent and not making the mark.  Unlike a spouse who will never criticize you for not making the mark :)…  esp. when s/he is overtired, stressed and covered in XX (fill in the blank but it always originates with Riley).
LOTS OF MOANING:With a disabled child in the bed 7 feet away you will constantly hear moaning during “the moment”… move to another room and the baby monitor will provide the background “music.” The best part is when the diaper gets really full, you are “in the moment”/almost at the end and there is a huge giggle/laughter in the background.  Nothing says romance like laughter in the background.
A THREESOME :frequent breaks “in-between” to put a pacifier back in the mouth;change a diaper or lift a drooping head. Trust me, a threesome is TOTALLY OVERRATED.
BEING CATHOLIC:  yeah with a disabled kid you don’t get thatmuch and probably every 2 months you get your virginity card back.  One more card and I can apply for canonization.
THE CRYING SCREAM:  Back molars are coming in and no matter whatyou do, cries of pain come out.  Thecries are nothing like the people in “the movies.”  Even “the Hedge Hog” would have backed away from that one.  But, when you are the parents of a disabled child, you plow though!  Take your chances/”Embrace” themoment (and for those of you who do know get the joke/ Do not Google”hedge hog movies adult.”
A THOUSAND AND TWO USES FOR A BURP CLOTH:  Yeah, we are trying to keep this blog PG-13.  You fill in the blank.  (Legal claimer:  Any profit made for using the burp cloth in this way will be forward to >>>> 🙂
COULD HAVE BEEN TWINS:  My FAVORITE  story… Ronan was conceived while my mother-in-law watched Riley for 30 minutes. Considering it took 10 minutes to get to the room.  Ten minutes to get back.  Five minutes to remember what the hell we were doing.  We had 5 minutes to enjoy.  His joke:  Had we had 10 minutes it could have been twins!


I SHAVED FOR THIS?:  When you have a disabled kid you will be happy that they just showered (in the past 3 days).
YOU’RE DONE ALREADY?:  As a supportive/contributing husband, I took 7 minutes and wrote the above.  When I told Stacie I was finished.  She replied “you are done already?”  Again,it is amazing what you can/will/DO accomplish with a disabled child!  Even without a disabled child, in the context of this blog, it still fits!
by John Buck
aka The Shark Tooth Guy

Cerebral palsy comic!


Daddy Ramblings: Laugh Often (first installment)

A friend of ours had their child at a popular restaurant chain.  The child was screaming (severe autism).   The parent looked around and told the folks staring at them, the sight that they were, “I told them no Pickles!… he really hates Pickles”

 “Laugh Often” with Ronan is a reminder of our amazing gift to spend time in the village of Give Kids The World.
by John Buck, The Shark Tooth Guy

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