I Was Wrestling in Public

Chasing LillyThe beef and broccoli was fantastic, and when I cracked open the fortune cookie, it said, “Comfort zones are most often expanded through discomfort.”

Boy, isn’t that the truth?

I was definitely wrapped a little tighter when Lilly first came to us. It didn’t take long for her bizarre antics to force an expansion of my comfort zone. Before I knew it, I was wresting in public with a tiny girl, chasing her down, and once even jumpedĀ  fully dressed into a pool to grab her.

I can’t say that I ever got comfortable with all of that, but there was enough of it to loosen me up a bit!

My end goal for Chasing Lilly and the discussion workbook is for colleges and universities to use it to equip students in Intervention Specialties, Counseling, and Psychiatry. When you read the book, you will feel my discomfort, (as well as laugh your head off), and you will understand better how to respond when children with similar issues come your way.

And they will.

The Curriculum and Discussion Workbook offers some lively and engaging classroom discussion, and this two book set will prepare you for the Lilly’s that will be in your classroom or office someday, like nothing else can.

Love my readers, Nealie


  1. Crystal says:

    Chasing Lilly is encouraging with a learning twist, knowing someone has really gone through these experiences. Even though I may not be taking college classes to help me further my education in this, there are children that may be in a public place, or even on your block, and with the advanced knowledge of things that could happen, doesn’t always mean this is passed down from (who you may think) are the parents. I say this because not everyone knows if a child may be a foster child, adopted, a relative, or even biological child. Being able to have compassion on the child as well with the guardian.

    • NealieRose says:

      That’s right, Crystal. One thing that was hard for me, was that people usually thought that Lilly was a product of my poor parenting, or she wouldn’t behave as she so often did in public. It is easy to pass judgement. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Sharon Deckman says:

    My youngest had problems. Up to 60 seisures a day and others. Meds made him sleep or hyper. Had to be on 24/7 or didn’t have a house. I was divorced. Hes ok now and has come a long way but still many problems. 40 years post all the emotions,emergencies and disasters. I can look back an smile at a lot of it. I will like to read this.

    • NealieRose says:

      Sharon, Thank you for taking time to connect with me. It sounds like you are a real trooper, and have gone through so much. I do hope you enjoy the story. Thank you, Nealie

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