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The Fosterling in Irish Mythology

Ireland has a strange history when it comes to the care of its children. Sometimes, it seems as if they were treated as possessions to be traded rather than flesh and blood to be cherished, our country’s future…. Read More

A #Christmas #ShortStory Santa’s Gift

I watch my children launch themselves gleefully at the pile of presents under the tree, but take no pleasure in their joy. My heart feels cold and hard as a stone, and the bitter taste of guilt catches and won’t wash away in the back of my throat.

Sarah is the oldest. Always the thoughtful one, she organises her younger sister to sort the parcels into three piles, one for each of them. It’s meagre pickings, I think dismally, but they don’t seem to notice. Caitlin normally resents Sarah’s bossiness, but on this occasion normal hostilities have been temporarily cast aside. Jojo, not even a year old, crawls happily through the chaos, more absorbed in the crunch and rustle of the bright paper than what it conceals.

My brave bold trio, who already in their short lives have seen a side of it no child should have to witness. I won’t have their childhood stolen away from them, I just won’t.

Why I Won’t Let You Mind My Special Needs Child

It’s not that I don’t trust you. It’s not that I think you won’t take proper care of her, or that I think I’m a better parent than you. It’s nothing arrogant like that at all. But there… Read More

The Fairy Child

I got long-listed for the third and final time by Fish… I’m not doing it again. Here is my story. They say that the fairy folk, the Sidhe, are wont to steal a human child, should they wish… Read More

For Our Lost Children | A Poem

Another morning dawns bright and clear, a winter’s day, cold and still. I should be glad, but I’m gripped by fear, heart heavy, slowed by an aching chill. I feel only empty and sad. * I miss their… Read More

To Grow or Not to Grow | A Parent’s Decision

This week, we have been called upon to make a tough decision about Carys. She’s very small, about the size of a five or six-year-old, yet in nine weeks’ time she’ll be nine years old. Her hands and… Read More

Attitude

Re-blogged from Tuesday, October 25, 2011. When a child is born, we are so full of hopes and dream. How frail those dreams are, how easily dashed and broken. Whilst I still carried Carys around within my body, knowing… Read More

Be Wary When Feeding THICKENERS To Your Special Needs Child.

It is four months today since my daughter, Carys, stopped taking thickeners in her fluids. I think it’s time to warn you what thickeners can do to your child, as we have experienced for ourselves first hand over… Read More

Book Review: Skallagrig by William Horwood. A story which will stay with you forever.

Although I review books fairly regularly, and post them on Amazon or Goodreads, I don’t often post them here, on aliisaacstoryteller. The reason for that is that there are some fantastic book review blogs out there who do… Read More