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December 1991

"Grampa, Can I Get Something That I'd Like?"

Am J Dis Child. 1991;145(12):1355. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1991.02160120023009

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'Grampa, can I get something that I'd like" hit me like a Mike Tyson uppercut to the solar plexus. The sports metaphor is intentional. I enjoy sports participation more than as a spectator.

Max is my grandson; he's only age 4½ years. He knocked me out in Toys "R" Us with the above question. I rarely see my daughter Beth and her three children since they live in New Hampshire. This past April, I was really looking forward to seeing them. I dreamt and fantasized about how much fun we were going to have playing together. Until now, its been mainly with blocks and Legos. Legos are my favorite. Well, it was spring and I thought it would be fun to play catch and bat a ball with Max and Caroline, his sister. Will is still a bit young for baseball; he's only age 18 months. So, after I arrived

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