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December 8, 2010

This week, Logan brought home from school a glossy, full color certificate.  He earned the highest grade in math class on the recent unit test!   What a confirmation of his new attitude toward academics.  About a week ago, he ran out of credit with the school cafeteria.  He and I studied the district calendar and counted the school days in December.  I wrote out an equation to multiply by the price of a school lunch.  He snatched the pen from my hand and calculated it himself, handing it back so I could write the check.  Later that night, he showed me his latest Lego creation: a complex spacecraft with geometric wings and escape pods.  “You know what kind of person is good at math and made Lego things like this when he was thirteen?” I ask him.  “Engineer?”  Logan replies.   I nod, knowing that career path would never have seemed possible to the kid he used to be.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Dante permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:37 pm

    Logan, if you are reading this hi from Dante!!! 🙂

  2. Aunt Jen permalink
    December 17, 2010 2:17 pm

    This is such wonderful news! Dream big, Logan. Very proud of you

  3. Jane Sherman permalink
    December 20, 2010 4:35 pm

    I’m thrilled to hear that your son is doing so well after the year-long trip. How exciting and wonderful for you both! You’re quite some Dad!

    • matthewwinkler permalink*
      December 20, 2010 5:57 pm

      Thanks, but I didn’t do it alone! Props to my wife, who came up with the idea and kept the lights on while we traveled.

      • Patty Sherman permalink
        January 2, 2011 11:50 pm

        I think the whole thing was a great idea. Is Logan back in public school now?

      • Matthew Winkler permalink*
        January 24, 2011 8:54 am

        Yes, Logan is in seventh grade at the local public school. He’s completely transformed from the student he was before our trip.

  4. SomePerson permalink
    January 2, 2011 11:47 pm

    Hey Logan. I go to your school now. Just saying hi from some person.

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