Will Work For…

Out of the blue, I had this strange picture in my head. I was standing at the corner of a traffic light with a sign that said:

Work

WILL WORK FOR THERAPY

It got me thinking about what is important to me and what lengths I take to protect that which is so priceless. In the past, I admit I have offered to “pimp” myself out at my son’s school or therapy sessions. It is the one way that I can convey the necessity of investing in my son. I will do what I can to help teachers, paraprofessionals, or therapists. If mailings need to be sent, letters typed, copies or phone calls made, laminating etc., I will gladly provide these services to keep the focus, and an extended effort, on my son. 
The sign initially was comical to me. Any parent with a child on the spectrum understands the financial drain it can take for additional therapy, alternative therapy, behaviorists, nutritionists, etc. Until recently (I live in CT), many insurances have ignored our pleas for plan inclusion. It left much of the financial burden on us as parents. It still does. The very fact that “therapy” came to my mind first is significant.

On the other hand, many of you might say that you would just pay for the therapy. Yes, of course, I would do that too. That really isn’t the point. It has to do with motivations that money can’t buy or the supply is inadequate. What does each individual hold so dear, that they are willing to be humbled enough to stand out on the road with a sign asking for that very item? The answer is limitless and very personal.
So, I pose the question to you (& would love to read them in my comments)

Will Work For (fill in the blank)….
Other possibilities:
Will Work For Love
Will Work For Peace
Will Work For Medicine (for my child)
Will Work For Trust

Personal Note: My son wrote the words on the sign. Given all of his fine motor difficulties, it is the most beautiful script I have ever seen. That my friends is what we all share….an immense appreciation for the most fundamental of tasks.

What would you work for?

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Pam Walsh
Words of personal experience, opinion, and lessons learned about mothering a child on the spectrum with autism, his younger sister, marriage, finances, and seeking out a sense of self.
Pam Walsh

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Words of personal experience, opinion, and lessons learned about mothering a child on the spectrum with autism, his younger sister, marriage, finances, and seeking out a sense of self.

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  • April 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm
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  • July 22, 2009 at 11:09 am
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    @FoliageDecay@xanga – will never do student loans. screw that crap. my fiance’s mom has been in debt for 15 years because the only way she could go to college (like me) is through student loans. no way… end of story. i pride myself on being one of the few in my generation that WASN’T in debt before they were 18 and still isn’t in debt at 19. I don’t plan on changing that sittuation if i can help it

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  • July 19, 2009 at 6:24 am
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    @Dave – My fiancee’s an atheist and I’m a solitary practitioner of witchcraft. I doubt any church would help xD

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  • July 17, 2009 at 2:06 pm
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    Will work for someone to love me back as I love them in a relationship that breaks all barriers.

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  • July 17, 2009 at 4:35 am
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    we will work for al love.trust,peace and medicine,this is my opinion.

    ===================samricksapience

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  • July 17, 2009 at 4:34 am
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    we will work for al love.trust,peace and whatever,from my opinion

    ============================samrick sapience

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  • July 16, 2009 at 11:24 pm
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    will work for contentment

    will work for happinesswill work for acceptance from my family 

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  • July 16, 2009 at 2:44 pm
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    Will work to live life to the fullest. Will work for harmony. Will work for joy. Will work for peace. Will work for happiness. Will work for love.

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  • July 16, 2009 at 2:28 pm
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    Well, at least the guy admits he needs help.. heh.

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  • July 16, 2009 at 8:17 am
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    will work for love
    will work for money
    will work for peace
    will work for help
    will work for patience
    will work for kindness
    will work for sex
    will work for appreciation

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  • July 16, 2009 at 8:14 am
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    Hmm, don’t have any kids of my own, just a few nephew’s and nieces… but….

    “Will work for happiness” sounds about right. And hugs are always good! never enough hugs.

    yeah, I don’t think I’ve had enough happiness. I wonder if everyone could just sit down and think about the last time they had a good laugh, if they might not be a little saddened by it. We don’t get enough happy moments, I think.

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  • July 15, 2009 at 11:42 pm
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    Will work for an end to the world’s shallowness and cruelty . 

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  • July 15, 2009 at 4:55 pm
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    I’ve seen a lot of strange signs like that. One of my friends tried to get the “Free hugs” campaign started in our school (administration shot her down… they suck) but I’ve also seen some pretty crazy stuff such as “Ninja’s killed my family, need money for Kung-Fu lessons” As well as some pretty depressing things like “Just lost our house, children are starving” all that other really tear-jerking stuff…

    How much of that can you take seriously though? You can’t believe that every single beggar on the street is like that can you? Some might think it’s heartless, but you can’t help but feel skeptical when you hear the stories about some 42 year old lady who sits out on the corner dressed in rags all day, then climbs into a $50 000 Ferrari and goes home to her penthouse suit. It’s pretty tough to say… who knows… who knows….

    http://www.onykysho.com

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  • July 14, 2009 at 10:26 pm
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    Will work for peace of mind.

    If only there were some set steps to attain that.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 6:38 pm
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    Will work for free time!
    …yeah peace end of war, end of loneliness, community and all that jazz too but I put the one I thought not every other person would put first.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 4:43 pm
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    Will work for free college education for fashion design 😀 just because i’m talented, but was born to a poor family…

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  • July 14, 2009 at 3:00 pm
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    Love this entry. I’m inspired to volunteer at my children’s school too!

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  • July 14, 2009 at 12:17 pm
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    I wouldn’t mind working for an hourly wage. =] Haha I hate my job.

    Nice post, though. I also woudn’t mind working for love or peace. Peace most, because you need love to have peace.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 11:33 am
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    @HoneyandSaliva@xanga – amen, sister.  You just sometimes hit a point in your life where you look back then forward, and it’s like, I can’t punish anyone.  It’s all my fault because it has happened to me, I live the consequences of these actions and, thus, I’m the only who cares with intents pure.  I get it. 

    Right now, I just look forward to more love and attention in my life XOXO <3  X_X

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  • July 14, 2009 at 5:28 am
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    Will work for my dad to be with me again.

    Obviously not possible, seeing as he’s dead. But still. I miss my dad more than anything I’ve ever lost.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 2:44 am
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    @Aiyoku_Angel@xanga – 

    Consider investigating your local churches.  Some will charge a small fee, some will require membership, but some will allow you to host a wedding or reception for a wedding for free.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 2:34 am
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    Will Work for Happiness.

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  • July 14, 2009 at 12:59 am
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    Will work for peace of mind.

    God knows so many of us need it nowadays..

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  • July 14, 2009 at 12:27 am
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    Will work for epic hugs.

    People don’t hug enough. I want to be hugged like you mean it. to feel loved for that moment

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  • July 14, 2009 at 12:08 am
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    I would work for therapy, too  😉

    …probably love as well ha.

    And I think your son did a mighty fine job on the sign!  🙂

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  • July 12, 2009 at 3:02 am
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    Hm. If I could work for anything.. it would be making sure no one ever had to endure solitude ever again. 

    So I guess that would be..
    Will work for: Being able to stand by someone’s side, whenever they need it. 

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  • July 11, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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    @dr52383@xanga – No lie! My district is in the same boat. Will work for: health benefits, COLA, class size reduction, fair treatment of ELL services…

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  • July 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm
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    will work for my heart in one place

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  • July 11, 2009 at 3:21 pm
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    Will work for everyone to be happy and see the beauty in the small things in life. 

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  • July 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm
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    Aw. that sign touches me in some way.

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  • July 11, 2009 at 5:19 am
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    Will work so that I don’t have to sell drugs to your kids to feed mine.

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  • July 11, 2009 at 3:35 am
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    will work for a wedding.

    I’m getting married soon, and we don’t have funds for any more than a civil union at the courthouse… I’d give almost anything so that we can have one to remember…

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  • July 11, 2009 at 12:45 am
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    oh, or a nice hug 😀

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  • July 11, 2009 at 12:44 am
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    umm, money? haha. i’m broke.

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  • July 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm
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    My sign has always been will work for cash, though barter systems have become popular in some areas, and when I owned my own business I participated in trading of goods and services with other small businesses. The idea of working in exchange for a specific service and barter within a community has always struck me as being community oriented and wise; especially when the value of money itself is “fluid” at best.

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  • July 10, 2009 at 3:48 pm
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    Will work for:outsiders of my life to stop making judgements about me and autism based on what they saw on tv or their desire to make me their show pony and it wouldn’t hurt if they would stop righting me off as unteachable or one without feelings just because I don’t express myself as they would like, or should I say expect. (all of this would be on my child’s sign).

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  • July 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm
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    Will work for COLA and step increase…oh wait we’re not getting that this year bc the economy isn’t good so clearly teachers don’t need raises/cost of living….

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