Autism Mom: Happy New Year

Melody Kramer aka “Autism Mom”

By Melody Kramer

 I can’t believe another year has come and gone. Though, I have to admit, I’m kind of glad to see 2018 behind me. This past year has been a little rough. It was filled with joy as well as sadness. 

At the beginning of last year I lost my father. It was hard to say goodbye and I am still in disbelief that he is no longer with us. It was even harder trying to explain to my two autistic boys that their papa was gone. We also had to say goodbye to three of our pets. We lost two dogs earlier in the year and then, two days before Christmas, our cat passed away.  

 But, although we had great sadness during the year, we also had some precious moments. I look back upon the year and see the growth of my children, and how far they have come.  I am thankful for all of the people in their life. These people (teachers, occupational therapist, speech therapist, psychologist, and more), who believe in them and work with them on a daily basis, have done a fantastic job. 

 I wish them all, and everyone, a prosperous 2019. I am anticipating a wonderful new year.  I know the year will be full of challenges, obstacles, and frustrations. But I also know that the year will also consist of smiles, laughter, growth, flapping, spinning, and great moments. Little ones grow fast!  I plan to take each day as it comes by embracing the moments, having patience, giving lots of hugs and staying positive. 2019 here we come!

Melody Kraemer is the Editor and Publisher of Macaroni Kid: Jurupa Valley-Eastvale and Macaroni Kid: Riverside. For more information or general encouragement, feel free to email her at: