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A lot of people would argue that the kitchen is the heart of a home. During my childhood, however, life revolved more around my family’s single bathroom, and not just because our oven was used more as a hiding place for gifts than actual cooking (I’m kidding, although there was that one time…).

 

Not only did we only have one full bathroom, but it was also the size of a shoebox. And we had to fit five people in there…sometimes all at once! Yes, it was crowded. Yes, things were uncomfortable sometimes, especially if you were the smallest and got crammed into the corner. But looking back, I wouldn’t change it.

 

 

Between coordinating bathing schedules, crashing each other’s shower times for an emergency bathroom break, and jostling for elbow room at the sink, a lot of important conversations happened in that tiny little bathroom. I can’t remember all, or even most, of them, but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that we had more meaningful discussions in the bathroom than we did at the dinner table, and our family sat down to eat dinner together every night.

 

I recently came across a list of truths about adult life, and this one really stuck out: Life is mostly composed of really mundane stuff.

 

How true is that? Life isn’t always funny or insightful or even interesting. But if there’s one thing I learned from sharing a shoebox-sized bathroom with four other people, it’s that even the mundane matters.

 

There is nothing mundane about our September issue. This month, we’re shining the spotlight on the local Special Needs community, from our spunky cover model to our Mom to Mom interview. Our annual Special Needs Resource Guide is full of local, regional and state resources, from ABA and speech therapy to support groups and everything in between, and this month’s feature stories will give you advice on How to Prepare for Your Child’s IEP Meeting and Five Expert Tips to Help Teens with ADHD.

 

My experience with the special needs community is limited to Alexis’s asthma and minor speech delay, but putting this issue together each year is a stark reminder of how difficult it can be to find these types of resources. It would not be overstating it for me to say that while this is the most difficult issue to produce, it is the most needed issue Wiregrass Parents does all year, and I hope it helps to take some of the stress off your shoulders.

 

I don’t have anything exciting or profound to share with you guys this month, my bathroom anecdote notwithstanding. Instead, I can tell you that the morning and afternoon car lines are slowly stealing my soul, twice-weekly yoga is keeping me sane, centered and focused, and gymnastics has become the highlight of Alexis’s week.

 

As we say goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall, I hope you’re able to find beauty in the mundane everyday happenings we call life.

 

And, as always, thanks for making Wiregrass Parents part of your journey.

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. She grew up in Blakely, GA. She graduated from Early County High School in 2005 and went on to graduate from Troy University in 2009. Ashton has been interested in journalism since high school where she was on the newspaper staff for three years. In college she worked with the yearbook and the Advertising & Public Relations Society. She interned with Dothan Magazine in the summer of 2008 and worked as a producer and Executive Producer for WTVY-TV for nine years. Ashton married her husband, Chris, in 2012. They welcomed their daughter, Alexis, in 2015. They also have a dog, Jackson, and cat, Cooper.

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