Reflections on Fatherhood Beyond Special Needs

Instead of writing a "Father's Day" post myself, I asked my husband to write - reflect on what it has been like for him to father our three children, to father a special needs child. Though he was on call at the hospital the whole weekend, he took time to write this piece. His experiences and thoughts are similar and different than mine, but as real as mine as well.Yesterday was Father’s Day, and as I was sitting with my eldest son in the afternoon in his room, we had one of those moments whe … [Read more...]

The Selfish Prayer and Fifth Grade Graduation

We ate cake tonight, baked and decorated by our daughter for her big brother. We were celebrating Lil D’s fifth graduation with cake and biryani, and although he had eaten his meal half an hour before and had since retreated upstairs, it was still a celebration. I served the cake to the family on a familiar square yellow platter, decorated with red and blue large dots and covered with Arabic and English writingBismillah-ir-Rahman-ir-Rahim -- In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Co … [Read more...]