Safe, Known and Precious

We are all born with an inbuilt need to connect with other humans.

Unlike many of our animal kingdom cousins, humans are born – and remain for a very long time – intensely dependent on the adults in their world to care for them and look after them.

Because of this, we crave the continuous knowledge that we are safe.

The baby who cries when you put him or her down does so because to be put down means you might get left behind when the hunter-gatherer tribe moves on to the next set of fruit trees.

The baby who only sleeps when it’s close enough to it’s mother’s breast that it can smell the milk does so because to be separated from it’s food supply means certain death.

And the baby who kicks and flails whenever it’s having its diaper changed does so because the nervous system is so underdeveloped that it becomes completely overwhelmed by the enormous amount of sensory stimuli assaulting it’s brain all at once.

Before we can learn anything else, we have to guarantee that we will survive – that we will be safe.

But more than that…

Atyipcal Autism

I want to spent this week talking a little bit about our autism journey.

It wasn’t until the spring of 2013 that we my youngest was flagged for autism.

It really should have happened years earlier – by that point she was nine, her older sibling was 12 and her dad was 36.

Why does it matter what ages the other two were?

Because within two years, we had come to realize that both of them were also on the spectrum.


The idea of forgiveness can be very difficult for many people. It had always been drilled into me that it was important to forgive, and I would screw up my eyes and try hard to forgive those who had hurt me, but it rarely seemed to make much of a difference.

Then a couple of years ago I ran across a book by the Rev. Desmond Tutu and his daughter, Mpho Tutu, called, The Book of Forgiving: The Four-Fold Path For Healing Ourselves and Our World. And I figured that since Desmond Tutu had grown up under the horrors of apartheid as a black South African, and overseen the Truth and Reconciliation commission there, he might have something of value to say on the subject of forgiveness.