Mixed news from college:

87! Nate got an 87 on his biology test. If you read the last post, Another Fine Line, you know Nate was on his own for his first exam. We had a deal that if he did well he could continue to study alone. He did exceptionally well. I’ll hold up my end of the bargain, but from a close distance. He can’t get rid of me that quickly.

In Social Problems, the class watched a film on sex trafficking in Africa. Uh oh. Nate is way too immature for that and his reactions were to be expected, at least by Elise his one on one aide. With every mention of “rape” and “molestation,” he laughed loudly. Nate is a real case of heavy-duty media influence. The You Tube videos he watches have made him immune to the harsh truths of rude words. Add his lack of social skills and you have the occasional rough patch.

One girl in class finally had enough of his outbursts.

“What are you laughing at? This isn’t funny.”

The professor scurried over to the troubled student and whispered in her ear. We can only assume it was a quick description of Nate’s autism. These moments are still the most difficult. Nate’s inability to gauge appropriate reaction and behavior is going to lead to an ugly scene. Though he’s been conditioned to apologize for inappropriate actions, and he does know when he’s off-base, sometimes, as we all know, “sorry” doesn’t quite cut it. I can only hope that he’ll be understood by offended parties once they know the score.

Score? That brings me right back to the good news. He got an 87!


About Jeff Katz

Jeff Katz is the former 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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One Response to And…?

  1. JenniferD says:

    My son Josh who is just eleven also has a major fascination with public restrooms and also watches those horrible youtube videos!

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