How do you define yourself?
Race? Religion?Gender? Social Class? To me these are all merely external labels used to classify groups of people. So here I sit, void of all labels, cursor blinking, mind swirling.
Who am I? Well….
I am Crotty and Benevento, Irish and Italian, democrat and republican, Boston and New York.
I am the teacher and the student, the mother and the daughter, the oldest and the baby.
I am Janice Joplin and Calvin Harris. I am Rocky and Gone with the Wind. I am bud light and dom perignon.
I am a chaotic mess with two master’s degrees. I can’t say I am one more than the other and I won’t choose.
I am a Mother of two curious, active, hysterical young boys who just so happen to have albinism and sensory processing disorder so I am also their researcher, advocate, and behavioral therapist.
I am the wife of an amazing man who is fiercely dedicated to his family. He is a man who makes it his business to bring joy to the lives of the people he loves. He’s my backbone.
I am a lifelong learner. I am also an educator. I have been a tutor, a classroom teacher, a teacher coach, and an assistant principal.
I am a parent advocate devoted to helping parents gain access to services, therapies, programs, and tools that their children need and deserve.
If you were to strip it all away, every single label, what would you be left with? Who are you? What do you want for your life?
What do I want? Well…
I want to be silly, generous, and free.
I want my husband to be carefree, to see the light back in his eyes when he smiles. I want him to experience more joy and less worry.
I want my children to be happy and independent.
I want to organize and host a women’s retreat for mothers similar to The “I Need This Spark” retreat hosted by Claire Bidwell Smith and Kelle Hampton in Ojai, CA.
I want to be an educational consultant/ motivational speaker/writer who visits schools to work with and train students, teachers, and parents.
I want to write a children’s book about albinism, one that will spread awareness about not only albinism, but about kindness and understanding as well.
I want to help parents of children with special needs gain the knowledge needed to access the services and therapies that will help their children most.
I want to write about my journey and share it all in hopes of helping others in any way I can.