“What do you mean you stopped writing it?” The combination of befuddlement and slight irritation was very apparent in the voice of my dear friend Rohena. The person who prodded me to start writing about our life with Julian, and later came up with the name for this blog and subsequent book, couldn’t understand why I’d stopped posting.
I had a couple of mildly plausible excuses. With the release of the book (last spring) and so much happening with media appearances, speaking engagements and Julian’s final year of high school, I just couldn’t find the time. Of course, as she accurately detected, this was all just sidestepping on my part. Truth is I felt as though I’d laid bare so much about our lives that I thought people might have read enough. I was wrong.
Over the last eighteen months I’ve delivered a number of talks/speeches and made myriad media appearances, most in connection with the book, which is available at Amazon, http://www.amazon.com/dp/159309423X . I’ve found that many of you connect with our story and have been moved by Julian’s spirit and courage. Therefore, after a considerable leave, I’m resuming this blog.
I’ve so much to share with you about Julian’s life over the past twelve months. I shall do so in the coming weeks and months. He did graduate with a high school degree and now is a freshman in college. I know, wow! He’s really become a media darling in the last half-year; the aforementioned publication of the book, appearances on the Katie Couric Show and the cover of Autism Digest provide clear examples.
Martina and I have been forced to let go a little, because he is living away from home while attending college. Let’s just say that has presented another set of anxieties. Our journey continues to be one of soaring highs accompanied by very challenging moments. But it does continue so, if you will indulge my reflections, join us back on the path as we all walk with Julian.