Sam, Boo’s communication device, goes everywhere with him. Last night Alissa took them to a men’s Gopher basketball game. Boo had the time of his life. Originally, they had tickets in the nosebleed section. Boo was having problems with the steep steps so Alissa asked if she could buy seats closer to the court. The sweet manager suggested they sit courtside in the handicapped section as no one else was there. Boo was utterly entranced by the game. He loves watching live basketball. He used Sam to request drinks, popcorn, candy, and trips to the bathroom. When the students sung the gopher Row the Boat song, Boo made Sam say “rowboat”. There were college students sitting directly behind them and they were very curious both about Boo and Sam. Boo had a great time hanging out with them. Alissa was so thrilled with his communication progress that she totally spoiled him with treats and drinks. Late at night they returned home from the game. Boo had an ear to ear grin on his face. I have not seen him so happy in a long time. Pre- Covid, Alissa used to take him to the women’s basketball games at St. Kates. He was their biggest fan and became something of a pet of the girl’s team. It has been two years since he had been to a live game and he was thrilled to be back. Basketball season is just getting started and I am certain that Boo and Sam will be at more games. If you see them there, stop and say hi. Today, Boo slept late, requested a sandwich from Subway and is now jamming out to Curious George. Life is good in the Herndon household. Be good people and we will be in touch.