It’s the first day of school out here on the East Coast. Jonah’s first day of sophomore year at college and Ian’s sophomore year at high school.
We finished moving Jonah into his off-campus house over the weekend. It was a month long process with many trips to IKEA and the mattress store. Because it’s a 6 Guys and 1 bathroom college house, I made the pediatrician give him every shot available for 19 year olds. I prepared his immunity system as if he was traveling to a third world nation with open sewer systems.
I think it’s the last time that I will set foot in that house, unless it’s time to collect him at the end of the year. The front shrubs were already decorated with Bud Light cans and cigarette butts. I am so not happy. I can’t remember how he was able to get me to give the okay on this plan.
Ian’s first day is lot less eventful. He’s been at the school quite a bit this month already for marching band. It’s his second year of marching band, which is super tough on him. The music part is easy. Tolerating other kids for a full day and lugging a heavy snare drum around a field in a polyester uniform is very, very hard. But he’s doing it.
We did a lot of different kinds of camps this summer, all of which were good in their own way, but the best was the computer programming camp. It was 9 to 5 computer programming. He did it without an aide. And he hit it out of the ball park. It was super expensive, but so, so worth it. We’ve bought Ian out of autism. I’ll write about that later.
7 thoughts on “First Day of School”
Oh, this is happy news about your boys!
I have much admiration for the things you’ve done to enable Ian to engage in the neurotypical world.
Not to mention trying to parent a “typical” college boy. It’s really daunting work.
I think I like to hear how other parents are doing because it makes it seem like there are good outcomes possible. Even if there are 6 guys and one bathroom. OMG.
I think all the readers of this blog admire Laura and what she has accomplished. Perhaps the only point of universal agreement.
As for the house, when I was in law school, I lived in a house with ten people (five guys, five girls) and one bathroom. None of us caught anything. Perhaps the microbes were poisoned by the volume of alcohol, nicotine, and other substances in the house.
Yes. It’s great to hear.
“I can’t remember how he was able to get me to give the okay on this plan.”
It’s cheap and not a fraternity?
“We did a lot of different kinds of camps this summer, all of which were good in their own way, but the best was the computer programming camp. It was 9 to 5 computer programming. He did it without an aide. And he hit it out of the ball park. It was super expensive, but so, so worth it. We’ve bought Ian out of autism.”
I love first days of school and love that both of yours are off to a good start of the year. I will guiltily hope that Ian will be taller than J next year in a pitch for the younger one.
Oh, hey. The article appeared. Very good, and different from your usual work, being centered on an interview.
Thanks. Yeah, it was a really different type of article. He talked a lot and hadn’t really said much about schools since he’s been senator, so I just typed it all up. Other people can add commentary. I went down there a second time and have another two hours of taped interview that didn’t even make it into this article. If he choses to run, then I’ll type that up, too. The first interview alone was 24 single spaced pages.
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