Archive for December 2011

The Downers Grove Christmas Tree Is Racist

Last year, I wrote a post called “The Downers Grove Christmas Tree Is Rubbish” which got me some attention here in town, led to my first paid writing gig and a profile of my blog in TribLocal, and garnered me riches and fame beyond my wildest dreams. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. I thought I... Read more »

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been: 2006

Hey-O! 2006 y’all! What a festering pile of months that was, huh? Audrey finally started walking in January. Sure would have been nice if she could have pushed that up a month or six so that I would have had something to brag on in last year’s letter! Everything was cool for a couple of months,... Read more »

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been: 2005

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been: 2005
In 2005, Christmas came shortly on the heels of my grand epiphany that Audrey had autism. In my grieving, I must have been somehow even more determined to put up a face of normalcy, because I had an embarrassment of riches picture-wise. I was bound and determined to get a picture of her sitting on Santa’s... Read more »
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Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been

Christmas Form Letters That Should Have Been
Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be taking a walk down memory lane through some of the more eventful Christmases of my life, namely those when I was pregnant, just after I’d had my daughter, and those leading up to her autism diagnosis in 2006. With the exception of the 2003 edition,... Read more »