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  •  Absolutely. (3+ / 0-)

    Does he like to study topics of his choosing?

    And our interactions regularly include his requests: this week, for instance, I'm to send information on making acorn flour and how it is/was used by Native Americans (to him the most significant part of his biological heritage). Also, the use of insects as food.

    This was the result of our conversation drifting into nutrition this week, which led to a discussion of our primate heritage. Along the way we also talked about the proper place of fruits, vegetables and grains, as well as the perils of processing and the modern approach as being life out of balance.

    In this case the topic was spontaneous, but just as often he will show up at visiting with two or three questions at hand about different subjects. And then most amazing for me (in terms of any human being) he will shut up and just listen, interjecting only to reflect his understanding or to ask a question about what I've said.

    But it isn't always "serious stuff". During one visit I casually mentioned the length of German words and used Obergruppenführer as an example. He spent the rest of the weekend concentrating on pronouncing it with great delight. The same for the song Mairzy Dotes(Mares eat oats and does eat oats)which took a couple of weekend visits for him to master.

    The fact is that the average man's love of liberty is nine-tenths imaginary, exactly like his love of sense, justice and truth. - H.L. Mencken

    by two roads on Mon Jul 05, 2010 at 11:54:24 AM PDT

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    •  It's deeply thrilling to have new ideas (2+ / 0-)
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      Angie in WA State, two roads

      It's even more exciting when you can feel the ideas all percolating around like a vitality serum in your psyche - especially when people have told you for years that you can't learn anything.

      Bless you for your fatherhood to him! I hope the light burns brightly for both of you for decades to come.

      "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Gandhi

      by Louise on Mon Jul 05, 2010 at 12:34:29 PM PDT

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