"It's a Major Award!"
The very talented Bubandpie has awarded me the coveted Thinking Blogger Award. Okay, so maybe not coveted, as it is actually just a meme posing as an award. It's almost embarrassing that it means so much to me, but there you have it.
As a designated Thinking Blogger, I am charged with the task of linking to five other bloggers who make me think. This is not as easy as it sounds; I read a lot of bloggers who make me think. Many of them currently have links on the main page of my blog.
Here are five who don't:
1. Gretchen from gretchen's blog: I read a lot of blogs written by parents of children on the autism spectrum. Many of their children have shadows of similarity to Bud, but Gretchen's Henry consistently reminds me of him. Bud and Henry seem to be following a similar developmental path, and Henry is the one child I find myself comparing to Bud. Posts like this make me think for days.
2. Liesel Elliott from Dante's Inferno With Children: I love that Liesel writes with a real pseudonym and not a blogger pseudonym like RockinMamaBabe or, you know, mom-nos. I love the photography; I love the posts that read like fiction but probably aren't; I love the soul-searching posts about her childhood; and I love this one - which is really just a post about the nature of thinking itself.
3. Her Bad Mother: Somehow, linking to a blog that regularly gets 80 comments per post and on which I faithfully lurk but never surface feels a little like asking George Clooney to the prom, but, honestly, this piece about posting pictures of our kids has had me thinking for a week. It hasn't changed my own posting decisions, but I really value her perspective.
4. Vicki Forman from Speak Softly...: This is another blog on which I am a committed lurker. Many of her posts, both here and at Literary Mama, have made me think, but this piece absolutely blows me away.
5. Zilari from Processing in Parts: Through Autism Hub I've been introduced to number of great bloggers who are autistic. Zilari is one of them. Her posts are introspective and thoughtful, and she investigates issues in depth. Posts like this one not only make me think, but also make me a better parent.