Let’s Talk

Sad We Cannot Talk

Clay has been fighting the keyboard this week. With the temperature hovering near 90 degrees the past few days, we figure some of that comes from allergies and the sluggishness we are all feeling.

My wife sat him down at our kitchen table the other night to see if he was ready for some conversation. The following exchange took place, as always in the robotic voice of the keyboard master:

“Is there anything you want to say?”

“Sad that we cannot talk.”

“Don’t be sad. We are talking this way. Dad and I are so happy you are typing.”

No response. He left the table and wandered up to his room. We went upstairs to find him wrapped in his covers.

From Mom on the keyboard: “Don’t stop typing. We can talk this way. OK?”


My wife explained that we set up a meeting at school between his assistive technology professional (typing teacher) and his classroom teachers to work on using the keyboard at school, but it won’t happen for a few more weeks. “Are you still OK with that?”


“Good deal.”

A few minutes later, he fell asleep. The meeting at school can’t come fast enough.



  1. #1 by coleen on May 28, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    Hi Clay, I am so happy to hear your words from your heart. Maybe you and Mom or Dad can write a book together . what do yu tink. Your wisdom could help the world . And do we need it . Love , Coleen McD

    • #2 by Larry Blumenthal on May 29, 2010 - 8:50 pm

      Thanks for your thoughts, Coleen. We’ll pass them along to Clay.

  2. #3 by coleen on May 28, 2010 - 10:56 pm

    Sorry I mispelled yu tink I meant you think LOL

  3. #4 by Char Brandl on June 2, 2010 - 3:40 pm

    Never stop typing. You have lots to say and we all want to know what you are thinking. Keep up the great work! I have several friends who are going to be inspired by what you type. I can’t wait to tell them about you.
    Char in Wisconsin

    • #5 by Larry Blumenthal on June 4, 2010 - 1:14 pm

      Char, thanks for your kind and encouraging thoughts. We read your comment to Clay, and here is his response: “Dear char sad that we cannot talk. We are so happy that we can type. From Clay.”

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