Shaky Territory

This is the second blog post of the day. The first one has been deleted. You may or may not have seen the first.

Here’s the constant problem: how do I write about Nate truthfully without making him look bad? It’s a a fine line to walk, but to be completely honest and helpful to those in similar situations, sometimes what I write will make him look bad; sometimes I‘ll look bad too. That’s why I even engage in the process, to show the struggle of raising an autistic child, warts and all.

So I wrote a post about Nate’s struggles with issues of personal space, but on second and third thought it may have made him seem creepy. Now it’s down. I’m not sure that was the right thing to do either.

Thoughts?

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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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2 Responses to Shaky Territory

  1. athenivandx says:

    Well, firstly would he be okay with you writing about it? Second, if you explain that Nate is autistic, then you have given a reason for his behavior and at least for me personally that takes the creepiness factor out of the equation. If what you write is a true and accurate portrayal of your son, with no unnecessary embellishments for added drama, and if you feel you can handle questions about it and he would be okay with it, go ahead. It is ultimately your decision and his decision. He might not realize his close proximity to people can be off-putting. Im autistic too, and I didn’t realize this when I was younger.

    Andrea

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