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Friday, January 23, 2009

Harry's Note

What a sweetheart, huh!
Actually, I'm sure his teacher told him what to write. His
mind just doesn't work like this to write me a note,
unless it is a request for something.
But what I'm most impressed with is the printing.
The boys didn't exhibit being left handed or right handed
until they were 10 years old! This drove the professionals
crazy at school and they did all kinds of tests but they
always came back with 50% left handed and 50% right handed
results. They didn't seem to have the hand strength to get
enough firm pressure for writing and also didn't have the
desire to do it. As you can see, Harry uses a marker just
because the pressure isn't needed like it is with a pencil.
But he's really come a long way, especially in the last year.
Spencer and Alex brought home similar papers.
Spencer's is almost identical and Alex traced dotted
letters to say the same thing. All are now right handed.
Slowly but surely we plug along! :)

35 comments:

  1. It is great to see the results of our (or the teachers) efforts in our children.

    By the way, when I first read Harry's note, I thought it said Dear Mom, I want a hot toddy. Then you said that he probably wrote what the teacher told him and I thought, well, I don't think the teacher would have told him to write THAT! I went back and read more carefully!!

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  2. I saw your remark on the side bar about needing sunglasses in the kitchen. I remember those days! I remember actually putting them on once so I could wash the dishes without permanent eye damage.

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  3. Museswings ~ it is so true! I hate to complain about sunshine...but my kitchen is white and that snow with the sun...it is actually painful! I actually haven't put the sunglasses on, but I did have to close the blinds so I could do the dishes! :)

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  4. Great penmanship! I'm sure your heart melts every time you get a letter, even if it's not in his own exact words. :) I never thought of the marker idea. Clee doesn't have the hand strength to press down hard enough for a pencil so he gets frustrated. I'll have to introduce him to marker and see if it helps.

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  5. Your boys are nice!!
    I had never told to my mother like that.

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  6. How wonderful that you have notes from the boys. I thought it said, Dear Mom, I will work hard today. I have been a good boy. Love Harry and then the date.

    Hope you and your five men have a wonderful week-end.

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  7. Way to go, boys! I can tell that Harry is working hard.

    On this journey you constantly look for glimmers of hope, don't you? And, they are there. This post brought tears to my eyes.

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  8. That is SOOOOO cool. I like his handwriting too...although if I had to guess I would say it was written left handed!

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  9. A note to melt a mother's heart...

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  10. I am sure you are so proud of your boys.
    There is something very creative in his hand writing style; my aunt who is a designer writes in similar way.;)

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  11. Yay! Good for Harry! And such a sweet note, too. :)

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  12. Natalie ~ yes, have Clee try a marker. I think the lack of hand strength is a common problem! We do the 'washable' ink whenever possible, though! :)

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  13. Such a sweet note, it brings tears to my eyes. I really miss my kids and their notes. My younest is 37 now. Where does the time go ?

    Hugs to you and your family. ~~~~~

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  14. what a keeper ...I am sure it means a lot to you Betsy! have a wonderful weekend

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  15. my kids are 50/50 as well as me. I guess we aren't allowed to be ambidextrous. Finally when Matt was around 10 they asked me to pick a hand for him to focus write with. Since his rt elbow has minimal range I just went with the left so he could have more movement. Choosing a hand didn't quite work out like they wanted and he is back to using whatever hand he feels like now.

    This handwriting is wonderful :)

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  16. I love your boys Betsy, and I admire you so much.

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  17. What a nice little note, I bet you'll treasure that one. Cindy

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  18. How sweet to have a note from your boys...what a treasure!

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  19. A wonderful effort and lovely words. I think to it's a very clever if not difficult talent to be ambidextrous (sorry about my spelling!!)

    CJ xx

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  20. Go Harry! Wow - his handwriting looks so good! Doesn't it feel good to FEEL GOOD about your kids? I've had some "iffy" moments this week (in the wake of report cards coming home). It's always hard to see our kids judged by others. I'm so glad it's a good year for him!!
    Susan

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  21. Harry writes better than any of my three sons. Go Harry!

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  22. I loved the note. Good work, Harry!

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  23. so sweet - i wonder how my cousin's triplets will do. love your ram pix in the side bar too!

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  24. you keep plugging away, Betsy. You are so incredibly admirable in your spirit adn outlook. I love it.

    Well, regardless, the note is sweet, isn't it?

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  25. So glad Harry has made such progress - what a cutie-patootie. You must be very proud. I know you will treasure this sweet gift.

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  26. Wow, that is so cool. What nice writing and a cute thing to say. I'm surprized about it taking so long for them to pick a hand. Parker is 6 and still hasn't picked a hand. If I could guess, I'd say he's left handed, but I'm still not sure. We put things right in front of him and sometimes, more than most, he picks it up with his left, but other times he uses his right. Then pen is a good idea too. Parker writes really lightly. He might have to do that too.

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  27. all i can say is: i love ya sis!

    the joys and pains...today is a joy day for our children...so glad we can share it together!

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  28. Oh Betsy, what a lovely note! Made me quite verklempt. Please give Harry a big big hug for me! For all your boys, and of course you too!

    HUG HUG HUG HUG!!!

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  29. BPG ~ Harry is a hugger....I'm sure he would love to give you a great big one...with a kiss! :)

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  30. very sweet indeed! Noah also could not choose a left or right hand to work with. The therapists finally told us to pick one and force him to use it more than the other. He still does a lot of things with both hands...but he now uses his right hand to write with. He still only prints....and better than before....but his spacing and stuff is really bad. He had a huge time with handwriting and the strength to do it...so I can relate to your post!

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  31. So loving and how it captures that part of what is possible
    Huge hugs and kisses to Harry

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  32. Hi Betsy

    This is a wonderful letter from Harry, prompted by his teacher or not. I'm glad the boys are all showing progress.

    My dad was ambidextrous all his life! We were always amazed by that!

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