These days my time is mainly spent teaching 9- and 10-year-olds how to write. And to be honest: it's a real joy. I never thought I would derive so much happiness from returning to work. And while the transition has certainly been stressful, it was the break I needed from a life that has revolved around caregiving for an exhaustively long time.
As we head into another beautiful Capitol Hill autumn, TC and I have been counting our celebrations, as well as looking forward to the adventures ahead. Last month TC was honored by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney's Office at their annual ceremony for victims of crime. I was one proud wifey as he stood up to receive his award from the leading U.S. Attorney. I was also quite honored to be this year's guest speaker. It was privilege to stand in front of so many brave people - some who were being recognized for putting their own lives on the line in order to achieve justice for others.
The days are busy, but also quite rich. As Jack prepares for 3rd birthday, I am struck by the incredible changes I have witnessed in him over the past year. He is talkative, hilarious, consistently obsessed with dinosaurs, and so good natured. There is nothing in the world that brings me more joy than an impromptu Katy Perry dance party with my happy boy. I continue to be so proud of his resilience and flexibility in the months since TC's injury.
At the end of next month our story will appear in the December issue of Marie Claire. I am so thrilled to have been chosen as the magazine's Model Citizen of 2013 and I'm hoping that by continuing to write about the challenges of brain injury both here and on my new blog (which will be introduced next month on Brainline.org), that we can continue to bring attention to families who are coping with similar struggles. As I wrote back in August, brain injury doesn't end. The transitions from one phase of life to another continue to be an unsteady ride with no clear destination. At times it is easier to stay quiet and ride the waves alone. At other times, it is appropriate to speak up, vent, or ask for help.
As we all are, I am constantly searching for balance in my life. Work, writing, family, exercise, sleep (OK, ideally) are competing priorities for my time and it's hard not to feel as if I'm always falling short. Until I find the solution for more hours in the day, I'm hoping that the next few months will open up greater opportunities for writing, so that I can continue to connect with you all.
Happy Autumn! Wishing you peace and joy in the weeks ahead.