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What I'm Giving | December 9, 2013 0 comments
In this special series, we asked writers we admire to share a book they're giving to their friends and family this holiday season. Check back daily... Continue »
Kaline Klattermaster's Tree Houseby Haven Kimmel
The other inspiration for the book was Obadiah's experience in school. He never sat still, he could never pay attention, he hated (and continues to loathe) holding a pencil, and his teachers, who were patient to the point of saintliness, finally asked us to have him tested by educational psychologists at Duke University. We did so, and the results were about what anyone would expect. The possibilities were special schools, medications, the standard course of action. But none of us his dad, his sister, his grandparents included wanted those things for him. We want him just as he is, even though he doesn't always fit in and doesn't seem to mind.
He is such a great and rare gift, that boy, and the more I thought about it the more I realized there must be thousands just like him, little people living with one parent or with grandparents, or, I don't know, a pack of friendly wolves; kids who have their own way of coping. They have their own magic, and it saves them, and it's a blessing.