He struggles with the physical act of writing. He never bothers with punctuation. His mind cannot be cluttered with such banalities. He’d much prefer ‘telling’ you his answers because the information–his creative ruminations–just come too fast for him to be able to write them all down.
One of my favorite examples is the essay he wrote–I think he was 11, maybe 12–to talk about a disease that was on the Earth years ago. He received the full 25 points for his answer plus 10 bonus points for amazing creativity and detail.
I’m pretty good at Jonathantology…so I will decipher it for you here:
Captains log, Stardate/4192: Today was a black day for the Enterprise. I was beamed up with some colonists from Earth when Lieutenant Spock, my second in command said:
“Captain they appear to be experiencing a disease called polio.”
“Polio? Scotty beam them out!”
“I just cannot do it Captain. We don’t have the power.”
Suddenly a lot of my crew began to catch the disease.
“We must take these people to sickbay.”
Bones, the doctor, looked at the symptoms.
“It’s a virus, Captain. It is caught by the mouth or the nose and multiplies down the throat and intestines. Then it is absorbed through the blood and travels down the nervous system. It could cause total paralysis or death. It started out in the US, but in the 1950s it was a worldwide epidemic.”
“We MUST find a cure,” I said.
Bones examined the crew with the virus. “Luckily the virus hasn’t totally affected them, so they can take the vaccine. But these people…they’re experiencing head aches, muscle pain, and difficulty breathing, so exercise is their answer.”
“We will help the crew. Bones, you work with the colonists,” I ordered.
“What do I look like a physical trainer?” He replied.
So in a few days, the crew was back to normal, the colonists thanked us and then left. We beamed aboard some new colonists and they carried a disease far more dangerous…the black plague.
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