Thank you. So, what happened in the case of the boy
who was technically home-schooled but practically neglected?
What did you do to help him, and to which extent did you succeed?
I only met this family on very few occasions,
and only for a few days each time. The last time was at a resort in Florida
over the George Washington 's Birthday weekend maybe 4 or 5 days several years ago.
I remember being somewhat taken aback by something I saw him do,
that I had not thought a human being was able to do:
I ordered in a pizza. Since he was in the area I invited him to have some.
His jaws snapped down on that slice of pizza in a manner that reminded me
of the motions of alligators; I did not think that was possible; surprize.
There was a mini-scandal among the residents who complained
of his educational neglect, which I found to have a factual basis.
His mother is ( or was and probably still is ) on welfare.
I gave him a new digital watch, in addition to cash,
when I found out that he did not know how to tell time at age 10.
We were about to make an appointment
for me to explain to him how to read the watch, but he told me later
that his mother
woud teach that to him. I had to defer to that decision.
She is the authority in her own family. It coud be possible that she DID tell him.
He is probably around 18 by now; I guess somehow he found out
how to tell time by now.
I remember when my mother explained how to tell time to me.
I was 4 years old. It was a warm n memorable moment in my life.
She traced out circles from a teacup with a pencil onto white paper,
and drew clock faces showing the different hours of the day.
As I remember, it only took about half an hour.