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Writer/Curator/Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project. Contributing Author to Between Interruptions: Thirty Women Tell the Truth About Motherhood, and Concepts of Normality by Wendy Lawson, and soon to be published Gravity Pulls You In. Writing my own book. Lecturer on autism and the media and parenting. Current graduate student Critical Disability Studies and most importantly, mother of Adam -- a new and emerging writer.

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope.” -- Baruch Spinoza

Thursday, June 26, 2008


Laughter at the Airport

I am sitting in the San Diego airport waiting to go home and see my family that I miss. As I take a look at what happened over the past week, I stumble over San Diego Fox News, where I burst out laughing at what I see -- photo of me in my worst possible state after major surgery in the hospital with Adam this past May.

I can't wait to tell you more when I return home about the fabulous Autism Hub bloggers I met down here and the wonderful folks in San Diego.

At least I'm laughing and happy. I caught my cancer early, I will survive, I made it to the conference, and I have a happy and healthy son.

Ah, the laughter... the joy.


Blogger jypsy said...

Too funny!
Love the opening line - "Some of the world's most renowned autism advocates are in San Diego this week."
Looking forward to hearing everyone's recounting of it.....

11:58 AM  
Blogger Alyric said...

Oops, some photo. But tomorrow is another day - and it has dirty dishes in it:)

And when do we get to hear about the conference?

12:41 PM  
Anonymous leila said...

Jeez, Estee, that's not fair, how did they get a hold of that photo? You look great on all the pictures you post here in the blog! :)

I'm glad you're past the scariest times and ready to go give Adam a big hug for his graduation.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Dear Estee what a great photo, so glad it made you happy. I needed a passport photo in a hurry and used a copy of the one when I had just given birth to Jonathan, it always makes me smile.

Hope you had a safe journey home and are now back with your wonderful family

Love Brenda

2:49 PM  
Blogger Navi said...

It's a wonderful picture of you and Adam though, it shows the love.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Evonne said...

Wow . . . what a choice for a photo! I don't think it would occur to me to use a shot of somebody in a hospital gown. Just by definition, that's not somebody's "best" photo, no? ;)

In any case, it certainly looks like Adam loves his mom, who I must say doesn't look half bad in the shot!

Thanks again for doing the conference. I am infinitely proud of you and Bev and Steve and Diva. Many of us wish we could be so bold.

4:03 PM  
Blogger Camille said...

Oh my goodness. Estee I can attest that you are a very pretty woman. You are even very pretty in that photo. I could only wish I would look so good after surgery. :-) The best part of that photo is Adam's look of concern and love for you.

I hope you had a safe trip home. Congratulations to Adam on a successful graduation from Kindergarten, too!

6:11 PM  
Anonymous CS said...

Too funny! Glad you can look at it from the right perspective. We're all human after all.

7:57 PM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Ahhhh.... I am finally at home after a thirteen hour trip, some lost luggage, and Adam who waited for me.
And after he went to sleep, I got to read all of your lovely comments.

Yes, I am still laughing at this, but it was actually a good moment and in many ways. As I said, I survived, and that's a pretty big deal. And of course, Adam shows his concern, being in the hospital for the first time to see his mom. That's something he will remember like I remember my mom in the hospital when I was five.

Camille, it was so great meeting you in person and thanks for your kind words. Camille's presentation was awesome, by the way.

9:30 PM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...


Oh yes, that one caught my eye too ;)

9:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Leila you ask how did they get a hold of that photo? Estee posted it on her own blog that's how.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Yes, I did. I guess they just grabbed what they saw on the first few recent posts here. I posted the photo to say PESHAW to people who suggest that autistic kids do not have empathy.

8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most autistic children that I am familiar with hug their parents and other important people in their lives all the time. Not so unusual at all.

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Estee, I did some reading at the airport, too, and loved Max Wolfond's "Adam's World to Mine". You have an amazing family brimming with love and that's your true beauty (although I have to say you are also very pretty!). It was wonderful to meet you and hear what you had to say at the conference.
Thayis Dionne

5:05 PM  
Blogger Estee Klar-Wolfond said...

Thanks Thayis,

Yes Max is a pretty amazing brother to Adam and an overall amazing person.

It was wonderful to meet you too. You had wonderful insights into your grandchild and the issues surrounding. Lucky family to have you!!

7:31 AM  
Blogger Phil Schwarz said...

Laughter is indeed the best medicine.

Well, no. The second best.

The best is *love*.

And that hospital picture says "quod erat demonstratum" :-).


Those media folks at FOX (can't trust Murdoch, after all) called you... a "renowned autism advocate"!

Either this constitutes a milestone towards the redefinition of the term "autism advocate", away from what Michelle Dawson has shown us the term has meant so far in Canada (and here south of the border too, for the most part)...

...or you should have your legal counsel look into whether FOX's characterization of you is actionable as libel ;-).

I'm rooting for the former. I think what you folks accomplished out there on the Left Coast has done a world of good.

1:22 AM  

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