Fabian and his parents are away. They visited for a bit over two weeks and almost everyone in the commune was happy to have them, especially the crowd at Nashoba where they were a big hit, unlike some of my other guests.
As we find with some regularity the English language is weak in describing these unconventional relationships. i am Fabian’s donor, but what is he to me? Certainly not my son, and “biological son” is a bit too clinical sounding. We shall have to craft new words.
I also learned some things i did not know of this visit. Fabian has dyspraxia which gives him trouble with writing and some other motor skills. I had always assumed that this was a genetically transmitted trait and held guilt about this. Micha informed me that it was almost certainly induced by the hospital which gave Fabian anti-biotics the day after he was born, without consulting the parents. This does not reduce my sadness about it, but i dont feel responsible.
We never completed the chess tournament that i started for him, and instead played a bunch of magic together. Fabians English improved dramatically since his last visit, in part i believe because he is reading all the English magic cards and in part perhaps because Twin Oaks is a very special place for him and he wants to be able to connect here.
Perhaps he can convince his parents to come back from the Netherlands next summer. By then i will have crafted a better word to describe our relationship.
My cell phone is a bit dangerous. It has lots of numbers in it of people who can make all manners of magic happen. I called Kenric on the Cville trip today and he bought a pricy box of magic cards. I called Gpaul and he agreed to come over from Acorn to play. Then there was Tim’s food processing shift that needed to get covered so he could be involved and on it goes.
But after a large number of calls, i did actually pull off a draft magic tournament this evening with Willow and Fabian and Jonah and Rowan and Tim and GPaul and Abe and myself.
There were a lot of other things which i might have done today, but when i realized that this was the last chance to get it organized with Willow and Fabian both playing, other stuff seemed less significant.
Thanks to all thos folx who went out of their way to make this be possible. It was both fun and significant for the kids. And even though it was only the second deck i ever made, i managed to win all 8 of my games and the tournament.