A Sweet Gesture

Nate loves to check out new stores, restaurants and renovated bathrooms. (Actually, all bathrooms, but we’ll get to that in a future post). His need to see recent retail developments in the area around our old home in Lincolnshire, IL is the prime mover for our yearly trips to Chicago. In fact, our next journey, “in honor of my 20th Birthday,” as Nate put it, will have us at the new Superdawg in Wheeling. That’s good stuff!

Shopping with Nate is fun. When Karen takes him to the grocery store, he grabs his own cart and they meet at checkout. Nate fills up on candy, cookies and every variety of Axe body wash. In the old days, Karen would get it all, but now she talks him through to a more reasonable amount of items.

We were at Walmart a couple of days ago and, once again, Nate needed black ink. He goes through more ink printing his documents on toilets, Simpsons, Johnny Test, etc, than a 10-person office might go through in a week. He also found a $9 bag of Reese’s shaped like footballs.

“Hey, guys, check this out!” he said just a bit too loudly as he placed the candy in our cart. When I saw how much it was, I was shocked, but Nate has his own money these days so, if he wants it, he gets it, within reason (remember the body spray obsession).

On the drive home, Karen and I were talking in a serious tone about something I’ve already forgotten. Nate confuses that kind of conversation with a fight and is always worried. From the middle seat, came his kind voice:

“Hey guys, I have something to cheer you up.” He handed me a Reese’s football.

It was a sweet moment. Nate made a peace-offering when none was needed, except in his own mind. His ability to gauge emotion and make a move to better the situation is another marvelous sign of his progress.

Passing the candy made him feel better and, you know what, it did cheer me up!

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About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is Mayor of Cooperstown, the “Birthplace of Baseball” and home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. His latest book, Split Season:1981 - Fernandomania, the Bronx Zoo, and the Strike that Saved Baseball, (Thomas Dunne Books, 2015), received national attention, with coverage appearing in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Sporting News and NPR’s Only a Game, among others. Katz appeared on ESPN’s Olbermann and The Sporting Life with Jeremy Schaap and MLB Network’s MLB Now, with Brian Kenny. Split Season: 1981 was a finalist for the 2016 Casey Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.
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