Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Mr. Tate Goes to College

So my grandfather is in the hospital right now (nothing life threatening, don't worry) so we have had to figure out what to do with my Uncle Brian during the day. Brian has Down's Syndrome and hangs out with my grandfather all day every day, so figuring out the logistics of having someone with him has been complicated.

So today after my Operations Management test (Tyson if you're reading this one...your test killed me today!:) ) I drove to my mom's office and picked up Brian to come to class with me. Brian had his bag of goodies with magazines, DVD player, and walkman, sat down on the front row, and didn't pull out a single item the whole class! He just sat there listening to our stats professor talk about z-scores and the like. He did fall asleep for a little bit, but overall actually listened and looked at my computer screen! Then we hung out in a team room and Brian watched Grease while I worked and then we went to another meeting.

After subjecting an unwilling party to statistics, I was certain Brian would never want to go anywhere with me again! But apparently tonight at dinner, he told everyone about how he went to college today, showed them how I type on my computer, and told them all about how the professor (Dr. Dielman) talked to him and said "Hi Brian!" Overall, it was a pretty good day for Brian in college.

Here is Brian hanging out in a team room in between class and meetings.

9 comments:

Allyson said...

Okay, I have got tears running down my face right now because this story is SO cute! Thank goodness I'm in my off-period or the kids would think I'm nutzo!! :) We've got to get Brian a TCU shirt and really do it up for him! :)

Emily said...

ooooh, good idea. I'll have to stop by today and pick one up.

Stuben said...

Seriously, I have never smiled so much in my life! You are an awesome niece!

Maggie said...

Okay I am crying and crying and crying. This is too much for me- I am so proud of you.

Trey Laminack said...

Brain! How cool for you two! While I was reading someone asked, "What are you smiling about!?" I then noticed I had a huge ear-to-ear-show-the-world-your-braces grin on my face.

Em I hope Z-scores haven't put you off. Don't write them off completely, it's good to be able to compare measures of variablity between two data sets.

I'll pray for your grandad.

Emily said...

Goodness...you people are acting like i deserve a prize or something! I was actually feeling bad that he had to sit around TCU all day!

Update - my grandfather's tests all went great and he is going home today or tomorrow. :)

Megan said...

This is one of the greatest things I have ever heard. What an awesome day.

Ty said...
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Ty said...

Emily, that's so sweet, I just grew even more respect for you (and the former measure wasn't small).