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It’s Friday, time to be silly.  emoji

10 thoughts about family and getting old….

 

They say that having kids makes you feel young again.  That explains the tantrums, crying and always wanting a bottle.

My husband loves me just as I am.  Then again, he never had high standards.

I have more wrinkles than a Shar Pei puppy.

It’s okay to not fit in.  In my case, I don’t fit into my jeans.

I hope to live long enough to see my grandkids.  I’m going to teach them all their fathers’ bad habits.

I’m not a religious person, but I do worship my Keurig.

My teenage sons love me.  Especially around mealtime.

We will soon have four cats.  If we’re lucky, we will still have space on the bed for sleeping, but I’m not getting my hopes up.

My kids inherited my sense of humour.  My apologies to my future daughters-in-law.

I have a balanced diet.  Wine in one hand, coffee in the other.

 

For more silliness, check out It’s funny being a parent.

For some writing inspiration, check out My own little writing quotes.

 

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Have a great weekend!  🙂 🙂 🙂

Tina

 

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One Parent’s View on Autistic Representation

One Parent’s View on Autistic Representation

I expect that there will be those who will disagree with my view, but that’s okay.  Discussing this issue is never a negative thing.  🙂

I am mom of a teenage son with Asperger’s and Tourette Syndrome (he was diagnosed as a child).  I always view any representation of autism and neurological disorders in the mainstream with interest.  Recently, I came across an article from The Huffington Post, about a theatrical version of Mark Haddon’s “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” (excellent book btw), in which the lead is a young autistic actor by the name of Mickey Rowe.  The idea of having an actor who can relate to the character on such a personal level is fantastic, and I wish Mickey all the success that this opportunity will bring. Check out the article where Mickey discusses his role and his view on representation.

Finally, An Actor With Autism Is Starring In ‘Curious Incident’

Mickey brings out a good point in the article.  Why is it not unheard of to have a non-disabled actor play someone with a disability, but you seldom hear of an actor with a disability playing a non-disabled role (Hamlet being played by an actor in a wheelchair was his example)?

Food for thought.

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This brings me to the new ABC drama, The Good Doctor, which is the US version of a Korean show by the same name.  Starring Freddie Highmore of Bates Motel fame, the show focuses on a young autistic man by the name of Shaun Murphy.  From ABC’s official description

“Coming MONDAYS 10|9c this Fall to ABC. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, Bates Motel), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.”

The trailer actually shows more chops than the description, and unlike what’s said in the description, Shaun is able to connect with people in his own way (this type of description always bugs me when I hear it).  The show doesn’t seem to be trying to make Shaun a “superhero”.  Although talented, Shaun deals with the attitudes that many young people on the autism spectrum deal with when it comes to how others view them.  Personally, I think that this show has a chance, even though Freddie is not autistic himself.  From what I’ve read on social media, the Korean version was brilliant, and the US version hopes to be the same.

From my own experiences as a parent, I welcome any chance where autism is a focus.  The downside, is that here is once again a situation where the role is given to someone who doesn’t have the personal experience with the disorder that his character does.

So, I have to ask, what do you think?  Can a show “do justice” to areas like autism, when the lead doesn’t have it?  Can Freddie’s portrayal even be compared to Mickey’s, when the two actors are coming from different directions for these roles?

It’s a tricky topic, and honestly, I don’t write-off any portrayal of this type without seeing more.  I have no idea if ABC even looked for an autistic actor, or thought of Freddie right away.  From the trailer, I did see aspects in his performance, that reminded me of things that I see in my own son.  I am not familiar with Freddie’s other works, but he appears to approach this role with the respect that it deserves.

There will be those that will dismiss him for no other reason than the fact that he’s not autistic.  I can’t blame them for that.  The fact is, television and movies still don’t have the breadth of diversity that they should, whether it’s race, gender or showing areas such as autism (and I could write a much larger blog on this, but that’s not my focus).  I do want to see more representation and I would like to think that, at the end of the day, we will see more actors like Mickey take on lead roles…PERIOD.

My take is that in both Mickey’s play and Freddie’s show, if people come away with a better understanding of the world of autism, and more respect and openness towards those who have it–then that’s a good thing.

And really, that’s all that this parent wants.

 

 

 

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!

Today is my Mom’s 73rd birthday.

I would like to put the focus of this post on the woman who brought me into this world, MY MOM.  I am the woman that I am today because of her.

While she is on social media, she is a private woman in many ways, so I won’t be sharing a lot of personal stuff about her life with you.  However, I will give you a bit of an insight on how it has affected me.

My mom was born in England and raised a farm girl in rural Nova Scotia with four siblings.  She learned early on that you get nothing in life if you don’t work hard for it.  She was also a single mom.  She did eventually get remarried to a guy who is pretty amazing too.    😉

So, just how awesome is she?

Well, being a single parent is tough, and I know that my mom went through a lot.  She was a single mom during a time when there were not a lot of support systems in place for women like her.  I can never imagine what it was like, even if I knew all the details.  All I know is that she instilled in me the value of self-worth, and learning to be independent and take chances.

I took off to travel Europe in my early twenties.  I inherited my love of travel from her.  I traveled on my  own a lot, which gave her more than a few sleepless nights (sorry Mom), but gave me experiences that I will always treasure.

I used to be someone who planned out their life five years in advance.  That has changed over the years, and I have taken risks that I never would have taken if it wasn’t for her.

First of all, I fell in love.  I have had a few wonderful men in my life, but this guy ended up becoming THE ONE.  Taking this chance was a big deal for me.  Seeing my Mom fall in love and get married again really influenced me.  I thought that I would always be single.

I learned that life is too short not to live it as you want.  Mom never got that chance when my brother and I were younger.  Since then, she has traveled all over the world and I believe that she now has the life that she always deserved.  I know that I haven’t turned out quite like she hoped.  Giving up a full-time job at the age of 48 to go back to school really bothered her, even if she won’t admit it.  She knows that I am in a position to be able to do this (thanks to a wonderful husband and financial stability), but I think that seeing me give up that type of independence was hard to accept.  I totally get it, and hope that she realizes that I will still make her proud.

They always say that as parents, we want our kids to have a better life than we did.

MOM, I have a better life and have become a better person because of you.

I realize, like most of us, that we don’t always tell those we love just how much they mean to us.  So, I am going to do it the best way that I know how.

A few words for you Mom.

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You will never truly know, how much you mean to me

No cards nor flowers, no I LOVE YOUs, will ever really be

Enough to THANK YOU for everything

For all that I AM and WILL BE

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 

Love, Tina.

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