All posts tagged: grandparents

Can bees save you? Absolutely. Meredith May talks about her glowing memoir, THE HONEY BUS, what we can do to save the bees, and how hard writing can be

By Leslie Lindsay  A glowing, powerful memoir about one girl’s courage to overcome her mother’s dysfunction under the tutelage of her bee keeper grandfather.  I was absolutely entranced by THE HONEY BUS (HarperCollins/Park Row April 2), which is a memoir at heart, but so much more. Meredith May is 5 when her parents divorce and she, her mother, and younger brother leave Rhode Island for California where May’s grandparents live. The setting–Big Sur, Carmel, and the Palo Colorado Canyon–oh! I could taste the sea salt, smell the wild sage and eucalyptus. These sensory details were like a warm, languid summer’s day. But things weren’t all that great for Meredith and her younger brother, Matthew. Living with their maternal grandparents in a small home was tense. Meredith had to share a bed with her highly dysfunctional and despondent mother. Still, she had something–and someone–her rugged and caring grandfather, Frank, a beekeeper. Through a very touching narrative, Meredith leads readers through the ‘honey bus,’ and we experience, through her young eyes, the miraculous abilities of bees. Part ‘bee-keeping 101,’ THE HONEY BUS is about the wisdom …

Apraxia Monday: Giving My Child the Gift of Voice

By Leslie Lindsay No doubt a busy time of year.  You are making lists and checking them twice…baking…shopping…wrapping…decorating… (image source: http://www.thefamilygroove.com/dec11_ItsMyParty.htm) And schlepping your child(ren) to and from speech therapy.  You might be thinking that the holidays is a good time to put a stop on things, you know…take a break from therapy. But that cannot be an option.  Go ahead, read that again:  You cannot stop taking your child to speech therapy just because it’s the holidays.  As with anything that improves your life, you can’t stop cold turkey.  You wouldn’t stop taking your blood presssure medication just because you’re busy, right? And  you wouldn’t take the cast off until the bone was done healing just because it won’t fit into the reindeer costume for the holiday play.  Nope.  Speech therapy is so very important to your child with apraxia that it would hinder his development if you say, went to visit Santa at the mall instead of going for your Wednesday afternoon speech therapy.  Here’s why: Your child thrives on routine and consistency.  He may actually …