I am the mother of an autistic child. The process of enameling shares much with my beautiful daughter. It is a combination of strength and fragility, rigorous routines and capricious outcomes, beauty and hard work, great vexation and great reward. I find beauty in the unexpected – things random and unintended can be made understandable and meaningful with the right combination of patience, labor, and love.
Addendum January 2015:
An unexpected lovely nomination for a blog award by a stranger has caused me to revisit this page. Although I post weekly, I last updated “About” in March of 2010. My beautiful daughter died just a few months later, August 9, 2010. Hodgkin’s lymphoma took her too quickly from me, but she shined with a brightness that nothing will ever dim. I still believe that the right combination of patience, labor, and love is the way to live. I continue to strive to adhere to that path, to honor my sweet Jessica.