Fred, our speech guy, is getting Neil ready for the trip home. He's been having him practicing a few new phrases with his "deep" voice. First he has Neil get a big breath, then he helps push his diaphragm while Neil says, in a low voice, "help me, Mom!" It doesn't sound like Neil's voice, but it is much louder than his whisper. It's kind of scary because he really sounds like he's in trouble! I'm hoping he won't need to use that one. Other getting-ready-for-home phrases are: "What's for dinner?" and "Where's Jemima."
Jemima is the family cat who prefers Neil to any one else. As fond as Neil is of Sherman, he wouldn't even consider trading Jemima in for a dog. I do believe she misses him as much as he misses her.
A few weeks ago, Neil's sweet and talented friend Janna brought this beautiful painting of his beloved cat. I must say, it's a perfect likeness. Janna was home from school and spent her spring break painting it for him. When Neil first saw it, he reached out to stroke Jemima. Thank you, Janna, for the wonderful addition to Neil's room decor. We like having it at Kessler, but it's going to look great in Neil's room at home--right beside Jemima herself.