Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dear Noah:

Life has been extremely hectic lately. We are still looking for a house to buy. Seems anything in the price range I would prefer staying in....need major things done inside to pass inspection. OR are practically condemned places. The one we made an offer on...a cute Cape Cod home......ended up needing a lot of things done that would have been too expensive for Mommy to fix.

SO back to looking. We finally found a cute ranch and we just made an offer on it last night. Now I am a bit antsy as it was a LOT more than I had wanted to pay. I am sitting here wondering...should we even try doing this right now...especially knowing that if we just rent for now...the county might even help us pay for our rent which would free up more money? Everyone tells me to take advantage of what the county or State has to offer. Some aids I do not feel right in taking for some reason....and the rent thing bothered me a bit...as well as food stamps.

I guess we will hear today or tomorrow about our offer. IF it would be getting myself into something too over my head I hope they turn it down. It is a cute house though and in the best shape so far that any of the others have been in. They were only asking 110,000.00 but that is a lot more than even I was wanting to pay.

Life has been going regardless. I have tons of paperwork to do for you and your helps. SSI just sent me a packet of things they need MORE information on. This is fine as I have all the files here...I now just have to camp out at a copy store or my copier and scan or copy things to send to them. ALL the paperwork is so time consuming and with working and such I have had no extra time to do this.

I had to fire my attorney who was handling my dissolutionment case. LONG story....but he kept my money.....now I have to file a grievance with the Bar Association and more crap. It never seems to end.

We just went through more turmoil and drama a few weeks back when your grandpa basically completely rejected you. AND me for that matter. We had gone over to mom and dad's house for a quick hello. A neighbor lady stopped by to say hi to me as we have kept in touch since I had moved to Colorado and she always likes to say hello when I am in town and she heard we had moved back to OHio. So she came over and we were all sitting around the kitchen table minus dad of course...who had never bothered to come out and even say hello after we arrived. He sat out in his office...and their dog went out in the office area with him.

NOW...ever since we have been there for visits you have been fascinated by their dog....wanting to chase it the first time you were around her...and eventually even getting BIT in the nose by it. Dad just laughed about that one and said "I told you so" crap.

I have always wanted dad or mom to pen the dog up while you are there for a visit....which basically means letting her go to dad's office and closing the door with dad and her inside the office room. NOT such a bad idea...and NOT in a cage penned up. BUT NO...no one ever pens her up. They don't seem to understand that you cannot control wanting to chase her...or walk fast around her..or blowing in her face no matter how many times we tell you NOT to do it.

SO that night...mom, me and the neighbor lady were sitting at the table talking. You had done very well....I thought....but then disappeared and were out in dad's office. I could hear dad talking...figured all was well..until I suddenly heard him screaming " I told you NO and to stop that....GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE NOW GOD DAMN IT!"

Out you came...tears welling up in your eyes....I asked what you did...you whispered "I blew in Autumn's face" . Which means you laid on the floor beside the dog and lightly blew in her face which made her squinch her eyes and face up and jerk and you laugh. Dad got mad...afraid perhaps she was going to bite you again...but not really as he had sat and ALLOWED the dog to bite you a couple years prior and just laughed about it. NOW...he had told me 2 weeks prior to this visit that he could NOT handle being around someone like you for long. Did not understand HOW I DID it. I told him that is why HE did not have any kids who had autism.

Anyway...out of his room he came charging....cussing and carrying on. I once again asked "I don't see why you just can't pen the dog up while we are here" to which he proceeded to SCREAM "HELL NO I AM NOT GOING TO PEN HER UP...WHY SHOULD I PEN HER UP....SHE IS PART OF THE GOD DAMN FUCKING FAMILY!"

To which I said "Oh..so me...your daughter...and Noah...Your grandson are not?"

He said "HELL no you are not...especially when you act like this!!"

I said I was not the one acting like an ass. He said to kiss his ass. I said I would never kiss HIS ass.....on and on....ridiculous. I finally stood up and announced to mom we were leaving...and that we would NEVER be back. We gathered all things up and quickly left with the poor STUNNED neighbor lady with us. YES...he acted like this in front of the neighbor lady!

I told mom (YOUR grandma) that I no longer had to live like that. If she chose to put up with crap like that and live like that so be it. I was not a little kid anymore and I did NOT have to tolerate it and most certainly did not have to let you be exposed to it! I only had to be exposed to it and abuse over and over as a child cause mom was not willing to yank us and herself OUT of the situation. So we stayed and went through hell.

I told her I would never be back. Not as long as dad was alive. NEVER...if she wanted to see us fine...she could come to see us wherever we might end up living. I apologized to the neighbor lady. We left. Dad called the next day to try to apologize. It would be different if this had been a FIRST or a unique episode. It was not. I am done with him and have washed my hands of him. If you want to see him again one day when you are old enough to decide that on your own fine.

The entire time we lived in Colorado Noah NO one but Melissa came out to see us ...and that was during her so-called honeymoon and the time when you were born. Otherwise...everyone has always expected us to make the 1200 mile drive every year to see them. No one ever called much....we had to call them. A very one-way street it seemed. I always got the impression it was almost like "well you chose to move to Colorado so lie in your own bed you made...if you want to be closer to family or have visitors...move back".

NOW we ARE back in OHIO. I came back for so-called family support. YEah right. I came back for what????????? my so-called family support is dwindling fast. We are staying still at grandma's house....and while I so appreciate her letting us live here till we can find a place of our own...I am sure we are wearing out our welcome. PLUS we cannot get into normal routines for YOU. You are so loving and wanting to constantly visit and talk to grandma or ANYONE in the family for that matter...this is all SO GOOD for you and your language and speech has improved tremendously since the move back. SO the move was worth it for that at least. BUT it is soooo time for us to move on. AND to be honest...part of me would still rather be 1200 miles away from the FAM...coming back for an annual visit perhaps.

So much turmoil and strife and crap happening lately. No one really wanting to help or learn about autism much less why you do what you do. My sister and your aunt Angela is surprisingly very helpful and her and her husband Gary and their son Alex do very well around you and you really enjoy being around them. My other sister Melissa seems to NOT want to be around us right now for whatever reason. She at first said she was happy for me and getting away from your daddy and even finding someone else......now maybe I am too happy for her to be around as she seems so miserable in her own life? She says I have changed...since being in Colorado.....and I guess she does not like it. I told her if that meant I no longer will take crap from anyone and that I am choosing to live MY OWN LIFE....so be it...yes..I have changed....but she had told me before that was good...now she is knocking me for it. She has not called....doubtful she will call....she occasionally drops me a generic comment in my efx2 blog.....rarely even get an email. SO maybe she is jealous I am happy and have what I have...a man in my life who DOES love me and you? HELP from the county and State and gov. for you....to make things easier on us money-wise...she is a single mom and I am sure it bugs her she has to struggle.

Anyway.......I am rambling. Trying to gather together thoughts I have neglected to write about over the past few weeks all at once here is tough. AND it tends to make the post so long I doubt anyone will even read it anyway.

I have discovered who really cares for you and me Noah. Dad rejecting me is one thing...but rejecting you I think is so sad. He will miss having time with you....to get to know YOU and how you are made up. That will be HIS LOSS. I have nothing I can say about him that I love. NOTHING. SO what if he is my biological father..ANYONE could have done that with active living sperm.

MOM...well....as usual she does not say much. SHe is thinking it all but not saying it...and when she does...she tends to be a bit harsh. She seems to be a bit afraid of you and the fact she cannot always handle you....as you seldom listen to everyone around you all the time...including ME.

Grandma has been great but she too at times just does not GET you...and you tend to still want to go up and scare her....when she is trying to catnap....you don't like it and you walk in and make noise or yell BOO. You go up and try to push her...from behind when she is walking...which COULD knock her over as she has bad balance. No matter how many times I tell you NO to not do things...and why....you almost immediately continue to do them again. In this environment I cannot control it has been difficult for you at best. You are rebelling more against me. You want to watch shows with grandma on TV....instead of doing what I say. ANY time someone comes over for visiting...you want to stop what we are doing including NO schoolwork. This is extremely difficult for me. I cannot even do my job like I should here from home. You are requiring almost constant prompting and redirecting in your life. CONSTANT means exhausting...and little time for me to do anything else.

Becky and Margaret are troopers...and have been there to help us out with moving and such. We just don't see them often. I know your uncle Chris would do anything too if he was closer.

SO the way it is....we came back...but have little support here anyway compared to Colorado. You DO qualify for more aid...more helps...all that will be great. We like living here now in the small town. You seem happy and seem to be thriving. You enjoy family visits and doing things. You so want to be around other people and spend time with them.

You are so lovable...you even have been hugging the realtor and our home inspector! You seem to know who you can love on and who you can't. You do not realize your own strength however and the fact that you are getting bigger now.....and heavier....and many cannot take you JUMPING into their laps!

Time just keeps ticking away. Time is precious. If I can teach you anything...it will be to live every moment and never waste any time! LOVE large when you can. LIVE without any regrets. DO as much as you can every day. Everything will work out. We will make decisions as they need to be made. It will all be okay. AND don't worry....for now you are too young to worry...let mommy do that.

I love you so much Noah. I am so proud of you. You have been obssessing about house stuff lately....and are now TYPING the house ads on your computer. This amazed me....you can read at such a high level..and can now type the words too. INCREDIBLE!

I will love you forever........mommy {{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}

3 comments:

KCsMom said...

Hi there!
I have been following you and Beautiful Noah for a long time now. He is a beautiful wonderful boy and you are THE BEST MOMMY EVER!
Arrrrrrr!!!! I can't believe your dad would not pen the dog up!! When I read that he screamed at Noah my blood just boiled! I am sorry for ranting here, I just think it's awful of your dad:( You defended Noah just like the excellent Mommy you are! You said everything I would have said if I were in your shoes. How dare he speak to Noah like that. You are doing right by Noah and if he thinks the damn dog is more important than his grandson well he can go to hell.
I am sending you and Noah extra prayers and hugs your way! You both are lovely people and I will always continue to follow yours and Noahs story! Thank you for sharing with us:)
Tina

Melinda said...

WOW>..thanks for such WONDERFUL words of encouragement! It took me a long time to write that down..and my version was very brief! I think what bothered me about the entire scenario was Noah's grandfather's total rejection of him. I mean I have been through it before myself with him....and so be it. BUT for him to totally reject Noah..and not even WANT to try to get to know him and what makes him work...wow. NO other words are necessary as that says it all!

BettsBits said...

I read the part in there about nobody reading the entire thing, I read the whole thing. And just WOW. Know you are always in my thoughts even though I may not always speak up. I wish you well.