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The Land of Empathy and Wonder

If I could live anywhere in the world, I’m not sure where I’d choose. The caves and snow of the mountains of Colorado? So close to the ocean that each morning its scent would bring me back to earth before hunger and here?

If I could live anywhere, I’d like to live in The Land of Empathy and Wonder.

I’d like to live in a land where Tucker is one of many and the many have a variety of differences.  None of those differences are considered afflictions, disabilities, special needs or delays.  In this land, everybody’s quirks and uniquenesses and differences are celebrated.  They’re not noticed because they are not important.

The only thing important in my imagined land is a person’s heart. His empathy.  His ability to find wonder.   To find joy in blowing bubbles on a breezy spring day rather than worrying about a job, a disease, a bill, a blog…

A place where every resident is able to abandon her phone to follow her son on his quest to best imitate a butterfly.  To experience Wonder.  To celebrate it.

Accept Everyone. Accept My Son. #specialneeds

I’d like to live in a land where skin color matters as much as the color of a person’s underpants.  Where couples that fall in love ARE a family without having to lobby for the right to be legally recognized as one by a government.  Where a person’s actions toward others is noticed and the cost of her handbag is not.

I’d like to live in a world where I can take my son to the playground and the fact that he’s playing amazingly well with an unknown younger friend is what’s noticed rather than the fact that his new friend is miles above him in language.  In knowing how to play.  In, well, everything.

I’d like for all of us, including yours truly, to simply “aaaahhh” at the joy on two boy’s faces bonding over finding an abandoned ball.

To be.

To be.   Ahh…can you imagine?

I can.

I see that joy and wonder in my little boy’s face every single day.  He sees magic.

I want to get back to seeing the magic.

This land of mine would allow me to see Tucker’s recent school photo and not analyze it.  It would allow me to remain in the belly-laugh moment my husband and I shared when we first saw it and thought, “Oh my…he looks so mischievous!  So grown up!  And so funny!” Instead, I returned to it later and wondered whether this photo looks like autism.   Whether Tucker’s beautiful eyes all squinted up as if he’s hiding something meant instead that he was at his “I need a break” point.  That he may have been scared or intimidated or overwhelmed and didn’t have the words to say so.

I’d like to live in the land where empathy and wonder rule.

Where our differences don’t.

The best part?  This land exists.

It exists right now in some of you, if only ideally.  We, my friends, have the power to transform our worlds, our ideal places, and our homes into The Land of Empathy and Wonder.

It starts with you.  With me.  With our children.  With how we choose to spend the next five minutes.  With being able, tomorrow, when we’re stressed out and overwhelmed and busy and annoyed, to be able to take a moment to NOT look away.  To try and make eye contact with the boy who makes you uncomfortable.  To say hi.  To give his tired mom a smile.

To give her a smile that conveys the message that we’re all in this together.

And that there is empathy and wonder.  Everywhere.


This post has become the inspiration for a series entitled Our Land.

  • Emily - Beautiful and as you know, couldn’t agree more. I’ve heard kids say they “hate” my son simply because he was different…thankfully, the empathy factor grows as kids mature and now no kid would say something like that to my son, even if they thought it. Of course his imposing 6 foot 6 height may have something to do with that too….:) I want to live in that same land of wonder and empathy…I hope we all get there soon!April 11, 2013 – 11:15 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw thanks, Emily! And Tucker, too, will likely be very tall…which is sort of bad now as when he gets stressed, he’s a head taller than all the other kids. But will be a good thing later. When we did the whole “how tall will your kid be” test at age two, they predicted 6’6″. My husband is 6’3″. I’m only 5’6″. So who knows. But everybody thinks he’s five or six now…so probably he’ll have the same advantage your amazing dude 1 has. And UGH to the years when I’ll have to hear “hate” when it comes to my kid. Your dude is lucky to have you as a mom. Maybe if all of us – you and me to start – want to live in the land of empathy and wonder…we could possibly get there? Maybe…April 11, 2013 – 11:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Shay - Okay, excuse me, WARN me next time you’re going to make me cry! Seriously, I got tears in my eyes reading this. Such powerful writing, and I couldn’t agree more. Thank you!!April 11, 2013 – 11:25 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - I think I love you. And sorry.April 11, 2013 – 11:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Angela McKeown @Momopolize - Wonderful, wonderful post!April 11, 2013 – 11:57 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you. Huge. Thanks. You are awesome.April 12, 2013 – 12:23 amReplyCancel

  • Joy - I love his picture! <3

    And I love that the places where you and I would want to live are so alike! Yay! xoxoApril 12, 2013 – 5:10 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Joy, thank you. And I just read yours and I suppose great minds think alike! Kerri’s place was fictional too. 😀April 12, 2013 – 8:38 amReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Beautiful BEEEEEEYOUTIFULL post Tucker’s mom. This line made my nose burn – the kind where you hold back tears “To try and make eye contact with the boy who makes you uncomfortable. To say hi. To give his tired mom a smile.” To that, I say I absolutely will. I just love “your place”.

    And I’m so proud of you for having your post up. Mine is stillI rattling in the corners of my brain. Now, I wasn’t sure if you were on the toilet cause you wanted some quite time to think about this post or you actually have the flu. So if you ARE sick, I hope you feel better.April 12, 2013 – 6:50 amReplyCancel

    • admin - No, not sick today…and thank you. I actually wasn’t going to write this until tonight (Friday) but it just sort of happened. And THANK YOU.April 12, 2013 – 8:40 amReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - Wow, this was perfectly said Kristy and I agree please warm me when you are going to make me cry this early in the morning. And I will gladly live with you in this world, because it sounds absolutely perfect. Also, loved the picture of Tucker, he is a beautiful little boy!! Thank you for linking this one up with us and am sharing this one (I have to, because it is truly so perfect).April 12, 2013 – 7:24 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw thank you so so much. I appreciate the share. A lot.April 12, 2013 – 8:40 amReplyCancel

  • clark - Nice.

    “…With how we choose to spend the next five minutes. ”

    That this is what makes the internet one of the more amazing things to come out of all the efforts of humankind… it is the possibility of the window you have just drawn in my computer on my desk in my home. (and, yes, no …I know that virtual reality is not real reality, but my world (the one outside) is bigger, more complete than it was when I sat down here this morning.)April 12, 2013 – 7:57 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Clark, yay to all of our worlds getting bigger and more complete. Well said.April 12, 2013 – 8:41 amReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ Mommy, for real. - I had no idea this was coming, after the hilarious 5 minutes on the toilet bit. Your well runs deep, my friend. I’m not sure if it is possible to top this brilliant post. (Certainly my whiney I want to live on a beach crap didn’t even come close!) Please tell me you didn’t just pull this out of your hiney. This has to be a months and months in the making post because it is that brilliant.April 12, 2013 – 9:10 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw, friend, you are too kind and we both know I will never ever be organized enough to spend months and months on a post 😉
      And thank you.April 12, 2013 – 5:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Kerri - Oh my friend, even though I was warned I still have goosebumps. The whole time reading this I was thinking I want to be your neighbor in this world you envisioned. Just to learn that I CAN live in the world of empathy and wonder if I just open my heart.

    PS–I love, love, love Tucker’s school picture.April 12, 2013 – 9:14 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Kerri! Thank you so much dear friend. Amazing how similar yours, Joy’s and my worlds are for this prompt. Hm. I wonder why? Oh right. And thank you so much. You are awesome.April 12, 2013 – 5:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Mariana - Beautiful, hopefully we will get to that point where people see difference as a negative. Thats what makes everyone unique.April 12, 2013 – 9:18 amReplyCancel

    • admin - I hope so too. Thank you so much for your kind comment.April 12, 2013 – 5:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Limefreckle - I LOVE that picture! I want to move to that land too…..wish more people had the attitude that differences shouldn’t be such a big deal. I had no idea what a boxed in world we really live in, until I had my autistic son!April 12, 2013 – 9:51 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Let’s all move there! And yeah, autism will broaden a world pretty quickly, won’t it? Thank you for visiting and for commenting. I appreciate it.April 12, 2013 – 5:24 pmReplyCancel

  • nothingbythebook - So sweet. What a lovely way to start my morning…
    Thank you.April 12, 2013 – 9:54 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you! Huge.April 12, 2013 – 5:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Shell - This is so, so lovely. I want to live in that land, too!April 12, 2013 – 9:59 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Can we charter a plane and all go? A magical ninee to carry us to a magical land.April 12, 2013 – 5:25 pmReplyCancel

  • Jen - YOU PROMISED! And now it’s Sophie’s Choice for you my friend! That was truly beautiful, and I understand very deeply how much a place like that would be so wonderful. Sometimes with my own boy it’s hard to be in that place when the stresses and frustrations have reached a peak. And it doesn’t help when so much of that stress is because of other people, and how they interact/relate to your child. But you know you can live there. You can live there all of the time and screw the people who don’t. Because all that matters to Tucker, right now, is you. And I see that light in my son’s eyes, when I forget everything else, he shines so bright, like “mommy is HERE with me” not in her head somewhere. We should all live with you there. The end.April 12, 2013 – 10:26 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Sorry. But I didn’t think it’d make anybody cry except me. For real. And I know exactly what you mean about seeing the light in your son’s eyes when he’s so excited that MOMMY IS HERE with him. Yes, we most definitely should all live there. Let’s start making our travel plans!April 12, 2013 – 5:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle Liew - I too, would love to live in a land of empathy and wonder where people can accept me as I am. Well. And beautifully said!!April 12, 2013 – 11:46 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Michelle, I would like that very much for all of us. And you know what? Talking about not feeling accepted helps people realize they need to accept. So let’s keep telling the world that it needs empathy and wonder and maybe we’ll eventually get there. April 12, 2013 – 5:31 pmReplyCancel

      • Michelle Liew - Yes!April 13, 2013 – 12:24 amReplyCancel

        • Michelle Liew - If we can all take the step to be more empathetic to each other instead of focusing on ourselves…we’ll reach that land of empathy and wonder1April 13, 2013 – 12:26 amReplyCancel

          • Kristi - From your lips, friend. From your lips. A lesson I need myself sometimes, too. Thanks huge for the comments. <3April 13, 2013 – 12:47 am

  • Melissa S. - First off, he is rockin’ that hair cut!! Fer real! Do you think it’s too early to set our kids up on dates??
    Second, I am trying to live in the land of empathy and wonder. I’m trying to learn not to judge others and jump to conclusions and just let my kids be kids, without imposing weird ass societal constraints on them that make no sense. It’s a very judgy world out there, my friend, and the ship only turns around at a very slow speed. But maybe, just maybe, our drop in the bucket will start a waterfall.
    love you!April 12, 2013 – 11:56 amReplyCancel

    • admin - Melissa, it’s definitely not too early to start setting them up on dates but I have to warn you that he has an IRL lovie and also, Kerri’s daughter Boo (Undiagnosed but we are okay with that blog) has expressed interest as well 😉
      You are so right that it is a highly judgy world out there. And I love the expression that a drop in the bucket can start a waterfall. Awesome stuff and you know I love you back!April 12, 2013 – 5:35 pmReplyCancel

  • just JENNIFER - This is so very beautiful. Fantastic! Couldn’t agree more. And your son looks totally fine to me in his photo. 🙂April 12, 2013 – 12:02 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you so much just Jennifer!April 12, 2013 – 5:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Maggie Amada - Love the picture of Tucker. He does seem mischievous and his mussed hair is awesome. I can just picture him being a heartbreaker some day. To test out the theory, I showed the picture to Isa (now four) and she said: “He looks nice. When I grow taller, I think he’s going to be my boyfriend.”

    I think her father will be coming after your son with a shotgun in the not-too-far-off future.
    🙂April 12, 2013 – 12:50 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Maggie, glad you see the mischievous side of him too. And yeah, I love his hair like that! YAY to Isa wanting him to be her boyfriend. So cool! Bad news about her father though. Hmmm.April 12, 2013 – 5:36 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel - Well, this world already exists, because you see things in this beautiful way. In writing about it, you are inviting others into this world too. It’s a gift for us all.

    P.S. I saw this picture on FB before reading the post. My only thought was “what a great picture of Tucker!”April 12, 2013 – 12:51 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - So relieved to hear that your thought was “what a great picture!” Thank you for this awesome comment. I appreciate it.April 12, 2013 – 5:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe - What a magical place it would be… (love the pic by the way). 🙂April 12, 2013 – 1:47 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Thank you!April 12, 2013 – 5:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Jessica - Wonderful post. I would like to live there, too. PS: All I see in that picture is one adorable little boy. 🙂April 12, 2013 – 2:03 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw thanks Jessica!April 12, 2013 – 5:38 pmReplyCancel

  • henriette - Did you get my message, we are on girl! Pizza and wine! You don’t have to post this comment! 😉
    And by the way, when I look at the picture I see mischievousness and happiness-and which boy wouldn’t be happy having the best, loving, caring momma in the world?! Boy knows he’s blessed and so are you!April 12, 2013 – 3:12 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - You are the coolest ever and I’m totally posting this comment. Because LOOK WORLD I have an in real life friend! And she wants to have pizza and wine with me! And she is awesome! 😀April 12, 2013 – 5:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Katia - What a great post. I’m so happy I linked up today and didn’t overlook your post. I’m SO with you on our society being characterized by lack of empathy and wonder.

    Earlier today I stumbled upon a post (which is now one of the 37 open tabs on my computer) that I am hoping to read later:

    I usually try to put myself in other people’s shoes but sometimes it’s more difficult having no point of reference. Writing the post about miscarriage brought back memories about people wanting to be helpful but saying all the wrong things, simply for lack of experience. When I came across this article I realized there is probably so much I don’t understand about being a parent to an autistic or possibly autistic child. I’m still going to read the article, but after reading your post I already feel like I understand a little better.

    His photo melts my heart. Little boys really get to me 🙂April 12, 2013 – 3:28 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Katia, I actually had to work today so I need to catch up on everybody’s FTSF entries. I got to a few last night and really look forward to reading yours. Thanks also for the link to the other article. I appreciate it.
      And wow, it makes me so happy that this post makes you feel like you can understand a little better! And little boys ARE pretty darn awesome.April 12, 2013 – 5:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Dana - If I could move anywhere in the world, this Land is where I’d want to be. And I’d want you to be President. Seriously, lovely piece and something we should all strive to create, everywhere and always.April 12, 2013 – 4:08 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Dana, I get to be President? How wonderfully cool! We should strive to create a world like this – you’re so right. Thanks huge for the sweet comment.April 12, 2013 – 5:42 pmReplyCancel

  • wendy - What a handsome, magical boy and what a beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing. Sending you a cyber smile from Chicago.April 12, 2013 – 5:20 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Thanks, Wendy! You are awesome for coming over to comment! And sending you a cyber smile right back from DC metro.April 12, 2013 – 5:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Jean Heff - This is a lovely post and I agree with your sentiments. YOU are helping me see life through your eyes, through your son’s eyes, which will help others too…which will get us closer to your world of empathy and wonder.
    Also, and this is so shallow compared to what I just said…
    You have 100% mastered boy-hair. I’m impressed and still trying to figure it out for my son.April 12, 2013 – 7:28 pmReplyCancel

    • admin - Aw, thank you Jean! Maybe we will get closer to empathy and wonder…here’s hoping.
      Oh and I love that you jumped to HAIR because Tucker’s hair rocks. I use Aquaphor. It doesn’t last long but I don’t want to use some actual real hair product in his hair. When I dropped him off at school for this picture day, I asked his teacher to run her hand through his hair to be sure it was sticking up. She remembered and that’s one more reason why she is awesome. 😀April 12, 2013 – 7:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Daphne - No. The answer to your question is no. His picture doesn’t look like autism, or delayed, or different. He looks like a well-loved, well-adjusted, and yes, appropriately mischievous little boy. And it wasn’t your eloquent words that made me cry, it was the picture of your beautiful little boy!April 12, 2013 – 9:13 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi - Thank you. Thank you so much. He is well-loved but it’s so easy to doubt our first reactions, isn’t it? And aw, MWAH to you crying over his beautiful picture.April 13, 2013 – 12:42 amReplyCancel

  • that cynking feeling - While I can certainly appreciate this post because I also have an autistic son, what makes this exceptional is that your land is one for everyone. It’s not just about autism or disabilities. You’ve painted the picture of a land where we worry less about differences except in how those differences enrich our lives.April 12, 2013 – 10:53 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi - One thing I’ve noticed about having a son on the autism spectrum is that it’s made me more empathetic to ALL parents. While I cannot personally understand what it’s like to have a child unable to walk, or see, or (fill in the blank), I can understand that none of us have the child we imagined having when we were 8 years old and still believed that life was within our control. But you know what? We all love our kids, no matter what. And we all just want acceptance. And empathy. And wonder. And a smile, sometimes.
      Thanks so much for your comment!April 13, 2013 – 12:44 amReplyCancel

  • Clara-Leigh - SO well put!!!!!! THANK YOU for taking us to the heart of the matter…….that it is a state of mind we’d rather live in, not necessarily always a physical place!!!!! Beautiful post!! You inspired me to go into our weekend with no caregiver for our SN son with an open mind and heart to seeing things through his perfect eyes!!!April 13, 2013 – 12:12 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi - YAY for finding inspiration in unlikely places. I hope that I, too, remember to go into this weekend without anxiety, or annoyance, or worry, or fear. I want to remember what’s important. I wrote this for me, too. And thanks for the comment!April 13, 2013 – 12:46 amReplyCancel

  • Shay - I replied to you on my blog, but I wanted to make sure I did it here, too: I looooooove you!! 🙂April 13, 2013 – 2:04 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi - EEEP I looooooooooove you right back!April 13, 2013 – 9:21 amReplyCancel

  • Terrye - That would be a wonderful place to live all the time. I was watching Sunday Housecall on Foxnews last Sunday because they were discussing break throughs in autism. Dr. David Samadi said that eventually, they will unlock the secrets to autism, but until then, every parent needs to teach their children to accept, embrace and empathize with these special kids. I thought that was BRILLIANT and I had tears. It’s a movement that is starting to form like clouds on the horizon and I’m praying for the rain.April 13, 2013 – 3:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi - Terrye,
      Melting at the sentence “form like clouds on the horizon and I’m praying for the rain.” Awesome. Cheers to every parent teaching their children to accept, embrace and empathize. Truly brilliant. Thanks so much for the comment.April 13, 2013 – 4:59 pmReplyCancel

      • Terrye - It is my pleasure, my friend. Keep up the call for empathy. 😉April 13, 2013 – 5:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Vashti Quiroz-Vega - You made me cry! Powerful post. Thank you.April 14, 2013 – 6:40 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi - Thank YOU for visiting and commenting. I really appreciate it.April 14, 2013 – 9:00 pmReplyCancel

  • mombo - what a talented writer you are – inspiring, uplifting, and moving. You’re so wonderful, sweet one! xoxoApril 14, 2013 – 8:17 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi - Aw shucks. Thank YOU awesome one. A lot. <3April 14, 2013 – 9:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Kate Hall - What a cute, adorable picture!!! This is beautiful, Kristi. I love it! I, too, want to live in that world – The Land of Empathy and Wonder. Sounds like Heaven! 🙂April 14, 2013 – 9:39 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi - Thanks Kate. And thanks for the comment. I appreciate it. Huge.April 14, 2013 – 9:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Sheri - That’s definitely not a picture of autism. That’s a handsome guy right there! For sure mischievous! With the forest-y background and the cool spiked hair he reminds me of a lost boy from Peter Pan. (My nephew is on a Peter Pan kick, lol) I just came across your blog, I love it! Thanks for sharing. Hi to Tucker!April 16, 2013 – 11:15 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi - I love the lost boy from Peter Pan reference! Thank you so much for your comment, I really appreciate the visit. And hi back from both me and Tucker 😀April 16, 2013 – 4:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Alicia - Lost In Holland - Oh that adorable little FACE!! What an amazing post. I was deeply moved by it – thank you for writing this and reminding us all.April 17, 2013 – 6:54 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi - Thanks so much, Alicia! Hopefully, we’ll ALL remember more often that the world really is full of empathy and wonder and that it starts with us all at home.April 17, 2013 – 7:54 amReplyCancel

  • Julie Chenell DeNeen - Looking through all the comments and the shares, you touched a nerve with this post. Fantastic and beautiful!April 17, 2013 – 8:46 amReplyCancel

    • Kristi - Aw, thanks, Julie. Too bad I can’t do this all the time. I actually get jealous of the me who writes the better stuff.April 17, 2013 – 9:47 amReplyCancel

  • K - Seriously, I am in love with this post. I can’t even think of the words to describe how much this moved me. I want the entire world to be The Land of Empathy and Wonder. This was so beautifully written and thank you so much for sharing. I am bookmarking this so I can read it again whenever the “real world” gets me down!April 17, 2013 – 4:40 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi - K my friend, thank you. Thank you. I appreciate the comment and I want us all to strive to live in a world of Empathy and Wonder. It’s really where we all belong.April 17, 2013 – 10:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Anita @ Losing Austin - Love his sweet photo full of mischievous wonder. My sweet 9 year old needs to move to that land with me- he’s a typical child, no spectrum. But kids are mean for any 1000 number of reasons on any given day, and it breaks my heart. Thankful he has friends and adults to love on him all around him. But still would love that land…April 29, 2013 – 2:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Anita,
    Kids are mean sometimes and it breaks my heart, too 🙁
    I’d love that land as well. Let’s make it happen! It starts with one right?April 29, 2013 – 5:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Rorybore - beautifully written. And yes, it sounds like a wonderful land and one we can absolutely create.
    LOVE his picture. Love it.May 1, 2013 – 12:23 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Rorybore,
    Thank you. Help me to create it.May 1, 2013 – 10:41 pmReplyCancel

  • Ellen S. - I so love this, and couldn’t agree more. Hopefully, we are all encouraging that empathy and understanding when we write about our kids and show the world their awesome-ness, and all the abilities in their disability.May 12, 2013 – 10:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi - Ellen.
    An honor, that you are here. Thank you. And I, too, hope that empathy and understanding is being encouraged everywhere.May 12, 2013 – 11:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelly Allen - None of us know how to live our fullest life until we embrace empathy and wonder. Love Tucker’s expression and your awesome blog Kristi.June 6, 2013 – 11:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Donofalltrades - All I see is a handsome little booger whose mom actually did his hair up on picture day, unlike some of us…lol.June 13, 2013 – 3:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Jak - Such a moving post, Kristi *hug*

    I’m just starting to investigate this Our Land series I saw Considerer mention. I’ll have to visit a handful of blogs I’ve neglected far too long before delving in head first, but all of this sounds great!

    That picture is awesome. He looks very mischievous there lol

    It would be so wonderful to live in the world/land you paint the picture to, and hopefully overtime it can be built literally. One step at a time.

    Jak at The Cryton Chronicles & Dreams in the Shade of InkJune 27, 2013 – 4:10 amReplyCancel

  • Sandra Sallin - He is so adorable. He looks like he could get into all sorts of trouble. Like a Denice the Menace. So cute! I see nothing but fun in that face.July 20, 2013 – 11:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Quirky Chrissy - I don’t see anything but mischief and childhood. Don’t you second guess yourself. He’s just a kid like any other kid! December 29, 2013 – 5:03 pmReplyCancel

  • Denise - I wish we went to the same playground. My 7 year old plays with EVERYBODY, he doesn’t give a rat’s booty if the kids on the playground are girls, boys, older, younger, white, black or purple. He just wants to play. I hope he never loses that.September 10, 2014 – 10:21 amReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell - Thank you so much, Kelly! I love his expression in this photo, too…June 7, 2013 – 2:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Kristi Rieger Campbell - Kelly, do you have a blog? I don’t always recognize author’s names…June 7, 2013 – 2:50 pmReplyCancel

  • Kelly Allen - yep, a bit of family silliness at genepooldiva.comJune 7, 2013 – 10:58 pmReplyCancel

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