My 4-year-old’s College Application Essay

Prompt:  Tell us about the a significant challenge or obstacle you’ve faced in your life.  How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?” How I Overcame Adversity in Kindergarten: an essay by Little Prince, circa 2035 “Banzai!” We all shouted in unison. “Banzai!” We hollered again, throwing our arms up to …

Why I am not a Warrior Mom

So I’m a member of this Facebook group called “Ask Autistic Adults.”  In this discussion group, parents of autistic children pose questions that only members on the spectrum are allowed to answer.  As a result, the insight I’ve gained from some of these responses has been invaluable, and I strongly recommend it for other non-autistic …

The Problem with Undoukai (well, one of them)

The Japanese Undoukai was invented in the Edo Period, as a means of torturing autistic individuals for the amusement of the Shogun. Wait, that’s not right.  Let me start again. Japan’s Undoukai tradition was born out of the ashes of the Second World War, as a way to discreetly torture autistic people, in retaliation for …

The Manner Wars

Another reason I love Yudonburi, is its posters.  These signs feature original images of anthropomorphic pink rabbits (or bears?…).  The rabbit-bears exhibit atrocious manners while grinning mindlessly, in order to remind sento-goers of all the things we shouldn’t do.   And I love them, whatever they are, because they do not look like me. “Manners,” are …