As summers go this has been a good one in spite of the rocky start. Amanda didn't miss a single day of school last year due to illness but in the month that followed she suffered a severe head cold, an infected spider bit and salmonella. But she got through them all like a champ and the last few weeks has been enjoying every single day.
I've enjoyed the summer as well. Last weekend was my 25th high school reunion and Tina and I were able to enjoy a pair of nights out as adults. That hasn't happened since my 20th reunion. One of the nicest things to happen for me as I reconnected with old friends from my awkward teen years was briefly talking to a friend who lives out of town. She sees all my posts on Facebook, most of which have to do with being Amanda's dad, and she said, "I love your daughter as much as you do." That warmed my heart.
Like all parents, I worry about my child's future. But, being the parent of a PDD child the worries are compounded because she will always need assistance, guidance and protection. Just knowing there are other people beyond my close circle who care about Amanda and people like her helps me cope with the stresses brought on by the facts of my child's life.
Thank you Marty, for your kind words.