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Sunday, August 30, 2009

The Im-possum-ble Dream...

My daughter loves animals. Let me daughter is OBSESSED with animals. One of the aspects of Aspergers - it's her "passion".

When she was a toddler, we bought her plastic animals in bulk to play with and she would spend hours organizing them in a marching waves across the tv room floor. The penguins in front, polar bears off to the side - so they wouldn't eat the penguins - monkeys pushing up the rear.

As a Jewish mom I didn't let it throw me. I just thought, "so, she'll be a vet." (Hey, there's good money in animal care.)

Today we were in the car on the way home from someplace air-conditioned and we started talking about animals. Izzy wanted to know what kind of animal I thought she was most like. First I said "Bird." She liked that. Then I said "Wait, Squirrel." She liked that more. Then I thought " is an opportunity to use her "passion" to tell her something great about herself - to INSPIRE her." So I said "'re like a leopard! You're brave, you're fast and you're incredibly smart!"

She smiled but said "You know, mom, I know a girl who spent the whole school year pretending to be a possum! Now that's awesome!" Obviously, she didn't care so much about the animal's actual traits, but rather was Wowed by the fact that this girl could pull off being a possum for a whole year.

I have to say, I'm impressed by that kid too. The level of commitment is astounding. A whole year - probably spent mostly upside down on the monkey bars. I too was Wowed and satisfied that the possum story sent a positive message.

After all, it takes a lot of commitment to become a vet.


  1. So did possum girl sleep through school? Was she upside down at her desk? Or just at home?
    I want to know! Jennifer

  2. I have no idea. She wouldn't give me details (it's a friend of a friend). I think there might be a TV movie in it though.

  3. What a great blog! I'm following you...saw it on PeachHead. I love anyone who can have a sense of humor about parenting. It can be so hard, yet so funny (at times). I'll check back.

    Christina Simon

  4. Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

  5. I really like what you said in your "What is Mommy Lite?" It makes total sense to me, especially because I am a mother as well. We all have our challenges and life is easier when we make "lite" of it! Awesome.

    BTW, just found you from MBC and I am your most recent follower. :)


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