Saturday, April 27, 2013

Feeding Drive Through The Rewarding Of Objective Completion



Song:  Zephyrus

Artist:  Jo Blankenburg



As I have stated before in earlier articles...
we are constantly expanding Alex's palate to accept
new ethnic cuisines, each of which which often involve new tastes and textures.

Although Alex is still very picky as to what he will eat...
by us trying new restaurants and dishes...
we are expanding his tastes to include a much wider variety of foods.

We always try to keep it healthful (minus new desserts :).

We wish for him to be able to enjoy one of the great pleasures in life...
that of a varied, and highly stimulating montage of tastes from which to choose...
a new adventure in taste, textures, and ambiance that is for our choosing
in the many restaurants that are available.

One of the great rewards for great effort in life... is a grand adventure.

While many may not think of a meal as an adventure...
Alex, and I, love to eat...
and we love exploring new places, and dishes, to try.

We treat each new restaurant as a grand feast to savor.

I love being able to expose Alex to new experiences...
 so life will always be an adventure for him.

Although we always stress the long term goals...
and the long term pleasures gotten from them...
we also realize that with the completion of the short term objectives
on the way to those goals...there should be an associated short term reward.



Today...
we went to the Nugget Casino.

All of the different Casinos are just a short drive from the hills of home...
and with each Casino having many restaurants inside...
and with each having many different dishes...
we have many years of exploration to come.


Near the entrance to our restaurant pick for the night...
Trader Dick's...
there is a huge salt water aquarium on display.


We were seated inside in this picture.
Alex, and I, loved the subdued lighting in the cobalt blue theme.


Alex had the Coconut Encrusted Halibut.
This was his first time to have this particular fish.
He loved it from his first bite.


I have Alex write up a restaurant review on ones he particularly likes...
or dislikes.

He will be writing one on Trader Dick's tomorrow.


For dessert...
we had gotten the Baked Alaska.




Although Alex knows that childhood is a time of deadly serious preparation...
 and that his serious study shall reap great rewards
for him throughout the rest of his life...
we also want him to know the great joys of childhood to be had.

Childhood is also a time of golden memories...
a time of light hearted laughter...
of great trust and love of family...
and of all those near to his heart...
a time of great adventures earned...
and of great adventures had.

Alex knows that true freedom of the heart only comes 
through the knowledge of goals to strive for...
through the steady treading toward those goals...
and the conquering of the objectives along the way...
the great milestones in life which allows one to truly savor
life as one looks into the future...
and of life in the moment.

Simple pleasures in life take on deep meaning.

A day of fishing in the mountain lakes and streams
and enjoying the setting sun over the mountains...
camping, mountain biking, hiking...
a day on the slopes skiing...
a new dining experience...
and heart to heart talks around a campfire
about the grand adventure upon which your child is embarking.

These are the memories which shall live forever in his heart...
and shall serve as a grand meal from which upon his drive shall feast.


Time and again...
in study after study...
and even more importantly...
throughout each of our observations and experiences in life...
the greatest controlling factor, and predictor, of a successful adult...
is a happy and productive childhood as experienced through
a close and loving family.

Through the leadership of the child's parents...
goals, and the objectives to reach those goals...
 are set, and actively pursued.

When the child experiences the rewards of a free heart
on a grand adventure...
it is forever remembered...
 and strived for.

As I constantly reinforce with my son, Alex...
life is a marathon.

It is the highest sustained rate which wins the race
(as fueled by the frequent simple pleasures in life).

It is a person who starts too fast
(all work with no shorter term rewards)...
who eventually burns himself out.

A person who doesn't realize that he is in a race...
merely walks...
and so, never finishes the race in time.

A person who quits...
never finishes the race at all.

This may sound heartless...
but I have purposely pointed out the occasional homeless drunk
asleep in the middle of the day on a park bench
(out of earshot of the poor fellow)...
and I had explained to my son that so many of them 
(minus the psychologically affected individuals)
were in their predicament because they had chosen 
short term pleasures over the long.

They had NOT chosen a goal in life...
and so, had nothing but short term diversions...
and long term suffering and misery to look forward to.

In the free world (and for most of us)...there simply is no excuse.
It is a simple cause and effect relationship.

By exposing a child to some of the great simple pleasures in life to be had...
and with the explanation of the ever greater pleasures to be had from his
longer term goals coming to fruition and of the whole world then being open to him
to fully explore and to fully experience with a free and open heart...
he will experience a fire in his soul...
one which will forever burn hot and shall be forever inextinguishable.

He will have a wanderlust for adventure...
and a deep love of the simple pleasures in life to be had
for those who keep conquering the objectives on the way toward his goals.

So far as Alex's more immediate objectives
(besides studying and doing well on a daily basis)...
Alex is preparing for another official SAT (which he will take next week)...
as well as preparing for a nation wide High School math competition...
which will take place in a little over a month's time, in Las Vegas...
we just found out today that Alex was accepted
 to a Stanford University study
of profoundly mathematically gifted children (age 12 or younger)...
who are also in the Autistic Spectrum.

Sometime during the summer...
we shall be taking him to Stanford while researchers will have him
solve many mathematical problems while they observe his brain functions
in an MRI machine
(I will write an article more fully explaining it in a few days).

Besides helping with basic research
(as well as Alex being excited about seeing Stanford University)...
we will have a greater understanding of Alex's unique thought patterns...
and, as a big plus...
they will note any medical anomalies and refer him to a doctor...
who will then determine if it is medically relevant...
should there prove to be a need.

While this medical preventative measure may seem far fetched...
a child with whom Alex used to have peer play with in CA...
had participated in a similar study in Sacramento...
and they had discovered a benign brain tumor...
which the parents had monitored by specialists ever since.

Alex is excited about all of these upcoming immediate objectives...
because he knows that each will bring him closer to achieving his goals.

And yes...
we have some special rewards planned for Alex...
upon each objective completion.




2 comments:

  1. Looks like a fun restaurant choice. Nice that Alex tried a fish he never had before. My son would either enjoy the Baked Alaska, or be afraid of the flame.

    That Stanford University study sounds very interesting and I will be interested to read more about it. Will they share their insights of Alex's thought patterns? That would be very interesting!

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  2. The only individual information they give is a snap shot of his MRI...and they will alert a doctor if any abnormalities are seen. However, Alex seems proud of being able to participate in the study. Plus, while we are in CA., we will see San Francisco once again.

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