Thursday, November 25, 2004

Holiday!

Shit, man. It's midnight. I've (we've) been waiting with baited breath for my brother to show up (from Binghamton, three hour drive to the city, he said he was leaving at 6 pm) since 10 o'clock.

I'm happy to invite my brother to Thanksgiving dinner. Round here, we've taken a liking to making our own traditions, and cooking a badass Thanksgiving is one of them. Last year, our only guest was Mac from round Buffalo way, but he was a great guest. He's a great guy (hint - great guys make for great guests.) Now that my little brother's moved within a stone's throw from the city, he's our soon to be regular and soon to be great (but not quite as great as Mac - hey, it comes with age) guest.

But right now, I'm worried. Hurry up, Adam! Damn! Did traffic fuck you up? Did you become entangled in a late evening conversation with an old friend that you lacked the fortitude to end? (Adam lacks fortitude in that way. Internet(s), I thought you should know.)

Aside from the Adam dilemma, I'm oh-so-thankful that Thanksgiving is once again not involvng crazy obese realtives, lame small talk about our respective professions, or the killing Tim's third cousin twice removed made in the bonds market. I'm thankful that I have an incredible, yet incredibly human and fallible man, who makes me laugh every other minute.

I'm thankful most of all for our gorgeous and genetically blessed son, Kiernan. He's a science genius, mathematician, and comedy writer already - and hell, he's only just turned eight!

Kiernan, if I haven't mentioned it before, has an autistic spectrum disorder known as Asperger's Syndrome. Out in California, they call it little geek syndrome or Bill Gates' syndrome. It entails an obsessive interest in one or two subjects - in Kiernan's case, scientific pursuits like animal biology or computers and playstation 2 (yeah, most of you are saying, "Playstation is a disability? Then aren't most kids disabled?" Nooo, we let Kiernan play this shit once a week. Yet, he still obsesses over it once a day. Seriously.)

Added to the one or two interests is a high verbal ability, a high IQ, and lack of social or physical skills - that is, Kiernan sure can't play ball, and the other kids think he's a little strange. But he's brilliant and thoroughly impresses every teacher he encounters. In my day, he would have been the smart awkward kid, but now there's a need to diagnose these things.

Luckily, he has a fabulous, award winning teacher who supports our decision NOT to medicate him. He just scored in the 90th percentile for the city practice tests (For non-New Yorkewrs, the city has introduced serious tests at the third gradse level - Kiernan's level - that determine promotion or failure. Kiernan kicked a lot of ass [this includes private schools, and he's in a public school] and he hasn't yet learned half of the material [including such diverse, abstract subjects as poetry and causal reasoning]). My boy may have some issues, but he's smmmahhhht. And he makes up for it by being the class clown. Trust me, you've not seen adorable until you've seen little toothless (his teeth are falling out late - he's in third grade, and yet he's looking like a jack o' lantern) pontificating, third grade-poop-fart-joking Kiernan.

So, yeah, I'm pretty thankful for him. And for his Dad. And for the fact that his dad, despite all of our college ed-ju-macted precautions, knocked me up at the fragile age of twenty and left me with such a great fucking kid. I'm especially thankful that we finally, as fully functioning adults, figured out that we're perfect for each other (pre-made family notwithstanding.) Fate moves in mysterious ways, especially when it moves in the wake of ten years of serial monogomay.

Dear God, how did I end up here?

I don't know, but I'm pretty pleased about it.

*P.S. Adam finally showed up at about 12:30. With some vague story about a hundred mile detour. I must investigate.

P.P.S. HAPPY FUCKING THANKSGIVING! May your turkey be moist, may your stuffing be buttery, and may the wine be plentiful. Huzzah!

16 Comments:

At 1:46 AM, Blogger Jen(nifer) said...

Katie Beth, as one of the most brilliant, creative, energetic loving compassionate and wonderful people I have EVER met, there is no doubt in the world that the spawn of Katie would be nothing less than perfect.

; )

I love you happy Thanksgiving!
Say hi to the bro for me : )

And wait, is that bald-y Mac still in Buffalo? (hint hint)

Ahem.

 
At 10:51 PM, Blogger Jackie said...

K--

I'm glad you don't medicate your son...sometimes the medication causes more problems than the actual problem. Congratulations on his test success--if he is this good at test taking now, he should be able to breeze through college...being the kind that can just go to lecture and then show up and ace the test. With that kind of time on his hands, the social skills will come.

I love how you put that he "can't play ball"...both of my brothers always hit the T-ball right on the T and never on the ball. LOL.

Cheers! Jackie

 
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