Bringing Up Betty

Last night I did a podcast interview. This was after I asked around to figure out WHAT THE WHAT podcasts are and why they are a thing. And they ARE a thing! I learned that. And then I did one.

I spent a pleasant 45 minutes chatting with Sarah Evans about the ins and outs and what have you’s of parenting special needs little folks. She is preparing to launch a podcast series about special needs families called Bringing Up Betty, named for her two-year-old with a rare disability. I was her first interview. We learned together.

Sarah asked me when and how my children were diagnosed, which is a bit of synchronicity as I have been writing about this very topic recently. I’ve been strolling down the minefield of my memory, looking around at the carnage littering the last decade of my life on earth. I found to my surprise that I can now view this period with less pain and more distance and clarity, with a sort of neutrality that defies the overwrought, emotional mess that I was.

It makes me feel grown up.

I’m interested to hear how the edited interview plays out because

1. I find listening to my own voice a singularly painful thing to do (will I sound gravelly? Husky? Aged? Weird? Please note that if I do, I don’t want to hear about it) and

2. Charlie walked into the room at one point and, hearing a voice coming from the computer, started chanting “I AM A ROBOT,” in a robot-y voice.

Seven-year-olds are great, but seven-year-olds on the autism spectrum are the cat’s pajamas. I’m bringing up boys and it’s kind of fantastic.

P.S. Are you into podcasts? Do tell.

  7 comments for “Bringing Up Betty

  1. Jennifer
    June 13, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I hope you’ll share the link when you know it! I do like a few podcasts. I’m fond of This American Life and Grammar Girl (I think you’d like her). I hate the sound of my own voice, too. A lot.

  2. Amy Stewart
    June 13, 2015 at 7:42 am

    I can’t do the dishes or clean the house or make dinner without listening to a podcast at the same time. I love This American Life, the Moth, TED Talks, Grammar Girl, Radio Lab, Invisibilia, etc. Oh, and driving to our Thing is optimal podcast listening time.

    Also, your children are delightful.

  3. Kerri
    June 13, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I love TAL so much. I can’t wait to hear you!

  4. June 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Megan, thanks again for the interview! I love your writing and am excited to keep up with your blog now too. You have wonderful insights and a lovely voice! I’ll definitely let you know when your episode is available.

  5. Louise Plummer
    June 13, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Great photo! I love Radio Lab. I love podcasts. You can listen anytime.

  6. Blue
    June 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    i love podcasts. this american life, freakonomics radio podcast, and radiolab are my faves.

  7. June 18, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    i was interviewed on Tuesday night and it was my first as well! Great experience. Love your redheads! We are also a fan of redheads. Look forward to hearing your interview!

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