A chat with my main CRP and ally: separation, autonomy, and opportunity

Dear Friends,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! I am having a lovely day with my family. My sister and main CRP Tara leaves tomorrow for Ireland and will be there for ten days before the rest of us join her. This is the longest we’ve been apart since we gained fluency just over two years ago. It feels so long!

I asked Tara to record our chat about the feelings that arise from this (see below; transcript will be added in a few days).

It was so scary and stressful to think about being without my main way to communicate, and also made me feel so acutely that I can’t leave on adventures as easily as she can, as much as I dream of it. She has been so responsive to my concerns, and she helped me see the opportunities and accept the reality of my situation while remaining optimistic about my future. And she arranged for the rest of my support team to take over key roles while she is gone. And now I feel more empowered to take on this challenge as an opportunity for growth and for strengthening my connections with my other CRPs.

I am so excited to travel to Ireland and see my family there for the first time since my dad’s funeral four years ago. This will be my first time able to communicate with them, and I am so thrilled that I can talk with them now! And I am so looking forward to meeting some Spellers in Dublin. This will be a momentous trip!

I will not be posting much, if at all, until I arrive there. I look forward to sharing my trip with you all!

Your Friend,


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