The Month of Too Much Pizza
PalletWatch Pt. 2

Here's To Us

I called our county's Child Find office on Monday and requested an assessment packet for Ike.

(Or technically for "Isaac," a name I only ever hear called out in doctors' waiting rooms, and I usually sit there for a few extra seconds like "Why are they looking at me? Who's Isaac? Oh, right.")

So now all that's left on that front is to wait for the packet to arrive in the mail, fill out all the parent forms, send teacher forms to his school, wait for his teachers to return the forms, mail everything back, wait for a phone call to schedule an appointment, wait for said appointment, perform some ancient sensory ceremonial rituals involving obstacle courses and small toys hidden in shaving cream, and then maybe...MAYBE...we'll get some speech therapy before his fifth birthday in June, at which point he gets handed over to the school district and whole process starts all over again.

(Do I sound chill or just jaded? I can't tell the difference anymore.)

After I made the call, I decided our chalkboard wall needed a new family motto.





Vinyl decal from Etsy, found here.

NERD TIME: As a copywriter I have to quibble with the [very common] misattribution of this "quote" to Steve Jobs. It's pure advertising copy, and was written by Rob Siltanen specifically for Apple's Think Different campaign and commercials. Steve Jobs didn't even LIKE the text at first but later changed his mind, and the rest is history, until somebody starting slapping "Steve Jobs" at the end so everybody would view it as an inspirational life quote rather than something specifically written to make you buy a computer.

That said, it's damn good ad copy and does make for a nice life quote out of context. When I read it out loud to Noah after he got home from school, his face noticeably lit up at the "ones who see things differently" line. 

"That's me!" he said, in yet another one of those oh my God could this kid have anymore awe-inspiring self-awareness about how his brain works moments. My voice cracked a bit and I kept on reading, eager to hear how he'd process and interpret the whole thing. 

"I love it," he said. "It's JUST like the End Poem in Minecraft. Can we put the End Poem in Minecraft up on a wall next?" 

Okay, well. I tried.

(Also nope on the End Poem. It's like a million lines long, kid.) 



Maryland turns over to school at 5? We transition to school programs in NH at 3. I thought that was a Federal standard. I hope for you sanity, maybe it is? Good for you for taking the first steps.

P.S. <3 the quote. I knew it was Apple right off (and yes I knew it was advertising text).


Print the End Poem from Minecraft for his room, though.


California transitions to the school district at 3 too. I thought they all did. My 4.5 year old has been receiving speech services at the elementary school since the start of last school year. My little guy gets regional center services... I know what a headache it can be, lots of paperwork and lots of waiting. Totally worth it if you can get your kids the services they need though.


I've been through the process with HoCo and we were slotted into the school to work with the teachers there before my son started kindergarten (like at age 3). I just brought him in to the school for his services - like speech therapy. And then when he started school he didn't change therapists and was very used to working with her. Hit me up if you want more info...


I was actually astonished at how quickly my son was evaluated and placed into a Pre-K program. I called in late October, they evaluated him in about 4 weeks (Thanksgiving delayed us) and he started getting services at home in December. And then he started Pre-K at our local elementary school after he turned 3 in Jan. But it may vary by county. And maybe it was an easy evaluation to do, because he sure had one hell of a speech delay.

Hooray for the kids who see things differently!


It's been a few years but I also had good luck with HoCo Child Find. Once I finished the huge stack of paperwork and got the pre-k teacher evaluation (she was really great about it), they called me within a week of sending in the packet. 2 days later he was getting his evaluation. They quickly moved him into speech therapy at his home school where I'd bring him once a week. He kept the IEP until fourth grade when they declared him "cured" (more or less) but it was a positive experience for him and me.

LD's Mom

You're right, the Ender Poem is long, but as far as parts on a wall goes, how about just:
and the universe said I love you

and the universe said you have played the game well

and the universe said everything you need is within you

and the universe said you are stronger than you know

and the universe said you are the daylight

and the universe said you are the night

and the universe said the darkness you fight is within you

and the universe said the light you seek is within you

and the universe said you are not alone

and the universe said you are not separate from every other thing

and the universe said you are the universe tasting itself, talking to itself, reading its own code

and the universe said I love you because you are love.


To be totally nit-picky, I think Rob was the CD and Craig Tanimoto was the main copywriter. Officially it has like, 5 CWs credited (including Jobs, because he changed one line.)


You sound chill. You know wringing your hands and complaining about the ridiculous systems won't change anything right now. So, you set the wheels in motion and you go about the business of raising your awesome kids in the meantime. Here's hoping for a pleasant surprise.


That bit about the awareness of how his brain works differently and THAT IS OK is all I want for my girls.


I'm so happy there are moms like you in the world.


I keep seeing this being attributed to Steve Jobs, but isn't it pretty much a total rip of off Jack Kerouac?


I love the end poem idea and now I have to get someone in my house to go kill a dragon.
But yeah, excerpts. Maybe that's what the chalk part is for?


Something about that quote reminds me of those old "Real American Heroes/Real Men of Genius" beer commercials and that made me laugh. "Here's to you, Mr. King of the Karaoke Mic!"

The comments to this entry are closed.