By Kelly Harland
Kelly Harland's tales discover her son's existence to the age of 14, and the recent and unforeseen universe she and her husband - either specialist musicians - needs to discover ways to navigate with him. Will's fears, anxieties and obsessions can dominate everyday life, creating a journey to the grocer look like a stroll throughout a minefield. yet amidst those unpredictable "flip-outs" and "freak-outs," there are moments of ask yourself. while Will ultimately learns the provide and take of dialog or goals approximately his destiny, it rekindles his mother's trust that whatever is feasible.
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I couldn’t wait to hear his comments. He listened to everyone talk and said nothing, but I could see that he was really, really listening. At last, after the doctor had heard everything there was to hear about this singular little boy, his turn came to speak. I leaned in toward him. He sat back, 38 INTO THE POOL / 39 stroked his beard, looked at my husband and then at me, and one of his eyebrows went up. “He sounds like a pretty bright little boy and I think I have only one comment. ” We hadn’t, but we began to.
As a parent I had already figured out that I was going to have to try to be a teacher, but now I would need to hone my skills in a way I’d never imagined. A new strength pumped through my system like a steroid injection. After the grieving evolved into a new awareness, this power bestowed itself upon me like the sun. No matter what hardships came my way, I knew I’d be up to the task. Yet along the journey there was always reason to keep a stiff upper lip, always a moment when I found myself forced to pluck up a certain amount of courage.
I was in his face from the time he was an infant, and although he couldn’t coo back, he got it. He latched onto our CD collection, literally—he was one and a half when he started chewing on the booklets and the jewel cases, and got into a regular habit of spinning the discs on the floor. But he let us play them for him too, as he sat in a mysterious trance in front of the stereo speakers. As with all the information William struggles to process, who knows how these sounds reached him, how they may have touched him and simmered somewhere deep inside, mixing all together and coming out of him at last?