Monthly Archives: August 2010

Big Celebrations

  Nate turned 20 yesterday and began his sophomore year at SUNY-Cobleskill. Both milestones are sinking in slowly. Nate loves his birthdays and anniversaries. When he realized he would be at school for a full day on August 30th, he … Continue reading

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A Real Conversation

Nate came to my room last night. “What should I watch now?” he asked. “You mean, ‘Can I watch something else?’” I corrected. “Can I watch something else?” “Sure, Nate, go ahead.” He sat on the bed and started talking … Continue reading

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Nate and The Simpsons

The 13th season of The Simpsons comes out on DVD this Tuesday. Why is that important? I’ll tell you. Sometimes, it’s difficult to see Nate’s progress in stark terms. Looking at his writing from eight years ago as compared to … Continue reading

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It’s All Up to What You Value

Yesterday, Karen and I were out on the boat when I got a call from a friend of mine inviting me to the Red Sox-Mariners game next Wednesday. Of course, I said yes. “Look at your life,” Karen said with amusement. … Continue reading

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Building with Nate

Nate has always been fascinated with builders. To this day, he draws blueprints of houses and bathrooms he’s visited, and, without prompting, will tell our friends how they desperately need to renovate their kitchen, or bathroom, or house, supplying a … Continue reading

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Treasure Trove

I mentioned last post that Phyllis handed me a manila envelope stuffed with Nate history. I read through it a few days ago and, I have to admit, it was a very emotional hour.  Progress reports, session notes, test results and, … Continue reading

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Vacation Progress

Nate has always improved after a trip. Maybe it’s the new location, maybe it’s the new situations. Regardless, it never fails. We just returned from our week in Chicago “in honor” of Nate’s upcoming 20th birthday. Outside of the usual events: … Continue reading

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