Abraham and I really took full advantage of our Saturday together this past week. I picked up ABB (the nickname he gave himself) at 11:00 from Clinton-Peabody and we walked over to City Museum. I had never been City Museum before and neither had ABB, so we were both very excited. We ran, crouched, crawled, jumped, and slid through the extensive playgrounds and exhibits inside. ABB and our surroundings at City Museum really brought out my inner child. I had a blast and I know Abraham did as well because all he kept saying was, “this is super duper fun!” At 2:30 I decided it was time to go. We walked over to a side street close to the museum that was packed with eateries and boutiques. We were both starving so I picked us up some turkey and avocado sandwiches. Abraham had never eaten avocado before and he was skeptical. When he mustered up the strength to give it a try, he was instantly hooked. Also, the coffee shop we ate at had tables that doubled as chess boards, and Abraham didn’t know the game, so upon finishing our lunch I taught him the rules and quick strategies of the game. Once he felt ready, we played a full match. I initially had the intention of going easy on him but he adapted so quickly that he was actually threatening my high pieces. I came back and ended up winning, but nonetheless I was impressed by his potential. I want to play chess with him more in the future. We got back to Clinton-Peabody around 3:45 and all-in-all it was a sensational day. It truly was a day of firsts, not just for Abraham but for me as well. Watching Abraham open up and grow so much in such a short time has been a really enjoyable experience. I wouldn’t trade our time together for anything.
Rob Curran, Mentor