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#1 calbear

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 03:16 PM

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I don't know Quark IRL, but I wanted to give her a shout out today! This lovely article about her son was in yesterday's San Francisco Chronicle. I asked her if it is okay to share with all of you on the AL board because we all rejoice in each other's joys and empathize with each other's struggles. Quark has been such an amazing resource on the board. I wish her son all the best at Berkeley and hope he loves it there as much as I did. I know from her posts here that she must have shed blood, sweat and tears over the years on this wild ride nurturing and homeschooling her gifted son. 

 

http://www.sfchronic...#photo-14759164

 


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#2 Arcadia

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 03:23 PM

Saw the article too at SFGate and recognize his name :) lovely article.

Life adding up for Cal’s 15-year-old math whiz http://www.sfgate.co...hp?t=06adfd643e
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#3 regentrude

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 03:25 PM

Nice article :)


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#4 quark

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 03:43 PM

Thank you calbear and everyone. It's been such a journey! Definitely lots of joys AND struggles. This board was so helpful to me when I needed it most. :001_wub: 


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#5 crazyforlatin

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 03:45 PM

He's even a good looking young man! Thanks for sharing, loved the article.
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#6 dmmetler

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 04:45 PM

What a great article, too! I love the balance. (DD agrees with him-she hates to be seen as “some herpetology prodigy” because she feels that she just likes snakes and wants to learn about them, nothing special).

There is no way I’d be nearly as confident at DD being on the path she’s on if you hadn’t shown that it could work so well. I look forward to his adventures in the future.
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#7 Roadrunner

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 05:07 PM

❤️❤️❤️
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#8 Kathy in Richmond

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 05:42 PM

Wonderful article, quark! So glad to see him happy and excelling!


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#9 JennW in SoCal

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 08:15 PM

What a great article! This quote especially made my day:

 

 

 

Rajagopal said her guide in deciding what to teach him was “how sparkly his eyes were.”

 

:wub:

 

Congratulations, Quark!! 


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#10 Donna

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 09:19 PM

Lovely article! Congratulations, Quark!


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Posted 28 December 2017 - 10:01 PM

Inspiring article! Congratulations Quark!
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#12 quark

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 10:25 PM

Thank you everyone! :001_wub:


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#13 MarkT

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:23 AM

awesome 

with those extra sems he can take some programming classes ;)



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Posted 29 December 2017 - 08:32 AM

Great article!!!!
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Posted 29 December 2017 - 09:53 AM

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#16 dmmetler

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 10:02 AM

Or Jazz studies :)
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#17 visitor

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 11:19 AM

Great article. Well done quark
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#18 Runningmom80

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 03:04 PM

What an awesome article.  Thanks for sharing Cal, and Quark, thanks for sticking around and sharing your wisdom. 


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#19 Mutabilis

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 05:09 PM

You’ve raised quite a remarkable young man. I especially loved the end of the article about him thanking his professor.
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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:20 PM

Great article! What a delight! You’ve done a great job Quark.
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#21 Angie in VA

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:24 PM

This is so great!!! 

 

Someone upthread mentioned how handsome he is too. As I looked at the pictures I thought, "No fair! He's brilliant AND beautiful!" 

 

Congrats to him - and to you, proud mama!!!


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#22 Black-eyed Suzan

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Posted 29 December 2017 - 07:37 PM

Oh, what a lovely article! Thank you for sharing it, Calbear!

And how proud you must feel, Quark! Well done! Thanks for allowing us to be part of your journey.
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#23 MorningGlory

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 09:45 AM

This was just delightful to read and get to see your wonderful young man, Quark! :-)


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#24 arliemaria

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 02:48 PM

I read the article and sent it to my husband before I realized this was Quark's son.  Congratulations!

I'd love to hear more about his story.


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#25 katilac

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 07:49 PM

Nice!


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#26 daijobu

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Posted 30 December 2017 - 09:42 PM

Just lovely, Quark!  What a great young man you've raised!  Congratulations!  


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#27 starmom

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 01:19 AM

Great Article ! Congratulations Quark 


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#28 desertflower

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Posted 31 December 2017 - 05:18 PM

Congrats Quark and son!  :hurray: :hurray: :hurray:



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Posted 01 January 2018 - 12:44 AM

Aww, wonderful!
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#30 quark

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Posted 01 January 2018 - 01:04 PM

Thank you so much all! We are traveling for the holidays and could not thank you earlier. You guys are really sweet.


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Posted 11 January 2018 - 01:08 AM

This is such a beautiful article!   What an exceptional young man...


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Posted 12 January 2018 - 01:43 PM

:hurray:


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#33 MBM

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 12:16 PM

He’s very well rounded and genuinely so. You’ve done a lot to give him an excellent education and now the sky’s the limit. I think this is what education should be like.

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#34 quark

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Posted 13 January 2018 - 03:24 PM

He’s very well rounded and genuinely so. You’ve done a lot to give him an excellent education and now the sky’s the limit. I think this is what education should be like.

👏👏👏

 

Thank you MBM and everyone else!

 

A few weeks ago, despite being so happy about the article, I fell back into my habit of looking at the things I had not done right. I was counting all the ways that I thought I'd failed this kid, number one being how little exercise we both do (no matter how hard we try that always falls by the way side). Kiddo started aikido lessons a couple months ago and I joined as well but had to stop due to some old injuries on my back and knee. A continued but then stopped Aikido for a few weeks when we were traveling. When we got home, A surprised me by saying how much Aikido has helped! Now the kid is training for the yellow belt with much excitement.

 

This is probably a tiny little accomplishment compared to everything else kids here and in our neighborhood do with martial arts. But it made me so happy to see A willingly pick this class and now keep at it despite how challenging physical things still are. A's height coupled with low muscle tone and general gawkiness have always made exercise hard. I don't think anyone who reads the article will realize how hard.

 

But I think for A, it really is a continuum. I have to remind myself over and over that there is no end to the things we parents will worry about and work on for our kids and that while some areas come so easily, others will probably take a whole lifetime to nurture and get started, let alone complete or master.

 

It's so important to hug them and love them and celebrate little things. It's so important to not compare (still very hard for me). It's so important to be our kids number one cheerleaders.

 

I know I did one thing right...and it's so funny that the reporter remembered me saying it...to follow those sparkly eyes. I am glad I trusted my gut with that.

 

Hug them tight. These younger years are too fleeting.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:11 PM

Quark, you and A are an inspiration.


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Posted 13 January 2018 - 04:35 PM

Thank you MBM and everyone else!

A few weeks ago, despite being so happy about the article, I fell back into my habit of looking at the things I had not done right. I was counting all the ways that I thought I'd failed this kid, number one being how little exercise we both do (no matter how hard we try that always falls by the way side). Kiddo started aikido lessons a couple months ago and I joined as well but had to stop due to some old injuries on my back and knee. A continued but then stopped Aikido for a few weeks when we were traveling. When we got home, A surprised me by saying how much Aikido has helped! Now the kid is training for the yellow belt with much excitement.

This is probably a tiny little accomplishment compared to everything else kids here and in our neighborhood do with martial arts. But it made me so happy to see A willingly pick this class and now keep at it despite how challenging physical things still are. A's height coupled with low muscle tone and general gawkiness have always made exercise hard. I don't think anyone who reads the article will realize how hard.

But I think for A, it really is a continuum. I have to remind myself over and over that there is no end to the things we parents will worry about and work on for our kids and that while some areas come so easily, others will probably take a whole lifetime to nurture and get started, let alone complete or master.

It's so important to hug them and love them and celebrate little things. It's so important to not compare (still very hard for me). It's so important to be our kids number one cheerleaders.

I know I did one thing right...and it's so funny that the reporter remembered me saying it...to follow those sparkly eyes. I am glad I trusted my gut with that.

Hug them tight. These younger years are too fleeting.


He sounds like a delightful young man with good character :). You should be proud.
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Posted 13 January 2018 - 07:38 PM

What a nice article.  He looks happy and content, what a great look for a young man!  I hope he continues to find fun an challenging work :-)


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