Love. Listen/Observe/Read. Act. Repeat.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Overheard in the Wolfe House #8

Sam: No more coal. No gas. Everyone needs a solar panel on their roof. The power companies should use wind. Maybe if I tell them, they will listen.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I need this support but don't have it

If you're the parent or caregiver for a young person, age 12 to 22, with a disability, you, too, can fill out this national survey about supports your family has and supports you need.

I just finished it. It will be a really easy survey for Texas parents, filling page after page by clicking the button that says, "I need this support but don't have it."

UPDATE: And Saiqa Akhter didn't get any either. Godspeed to little Zain and Faryaal.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


This is my nomination for a new text message abbreviation: too much to ask. It's what parents do to their children all the time. (Insert teenager rolling eyes here.)

I just asked Sam to drop an overdue library book in the drive-thru drop on his way to work today, or on the way home. I've asked him to do this sort of thing before -- drop off the water bill, catch the mail, pick up a few groceries before coming home. He's also made his own bank deposits on the way home. But he's totally stressed out. I don't get it.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Overheard in the Wolfe House #7

Peggy: Sam, come out to the back porch and hear this frog sound.
Sam: I heard that last night. I thought it was a goose.

(credits to UT's Herps of Texas website)

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Temple Grandin flies coach

On a Southwest Airlines flight from Amarillo to Denver recently, Sam and Dr. Grandin sat across the aisle from each other.

Michael was the only other person in our family who recognized her. Sam couldn't make the connection between the photos and the real person. It took Michael a minute to realize why I didn't want to stop and introduce ourselves. I have no idea whether Dr. Grandin would feel overwhelmed by strangers doing that, but Sam would.

Dr. Grandin spent the flight reading the Wall Street Journal. Sam liked looking past his sister and me to see out the window. Probably no one else on the flight noticed all the famous people on the plane.

As Sam says, "I'm a little bit famous."