Author Archives: Adrienne Jones

The Bubble

It would happen like this. My husband and I were in the kitchen after dinner, scooping leftovers into plastic bowls and loading the dishwasher while one or two of our kids cleared the table. Carter, five at the time and our youngest child, came into the kitchen too, maybe trying...

Hold the Future Loosely

My 12-year-old son, Carter, likes to discuss his future with me. “Mommy, where do you think I’ll go to college? I want to be a volcanologist.” “Mommy, what kind of car will I get when I’m 16?” “Mommy, when I get a wife, do I have to have a baby...

Unhinged

During each of my three pregnancies, I was aware (as virtually all expectant parents are) that there was a possibility my baby could be born with an illness or disability. That’s not to say I was prepared to have a sick child (who could possibly be?), but that I was...

Safe At Home, For Now

My youngest son Carter he lives in a social cocoon. His world is limited to school (a tiny private school that caters exclusively to children with special needs), church (again, tiny, and a very loving community that values inclusion for all), our house and his grandparents’ house, with the occasional...

I’m The Mom

When I was in sixth grade and having serious trouble with bullies at school, my mom said she was going over to my school to talk to the principal, the school counselor, and my teachers. I was mortified. She was going to talk to the adults at my school? And...

The Danger is on the Inside

My family has just finished a hot, exciting, and very dusty summer. We undertook a massive home renovation that included new windows and floors, raising a sunken living room, and gutting and replacing one of the bathrooms and the kitchen. Exhausting as the whole process has been, it’s also been...

Talking About Difficult Things

My youngest son, Carter, is almost twelve. When I say that sentence to myself, I say it in the deep, reverberating voice of Morgan Freeman, with a little foreboding in it: my son it almost twelve-twelve-twelve.  With 12 approaching, his body has begun to change. Where most parents have trouble...