The Fun Master: A Memoir

The Fun Master: A Memoir

by Jeff Seitzer
The Fun Master: A Memoir

The Fun Master: A Memoir

by Jeff Seitzer


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A self-involved academic struggling to cope with his own neurological problems, Jeff could hardly take care of himself, let alone a child with special needs, when his son, Ethan, was born. But despite multiple surgeries, hospitalizations, serious breathing and swallowing problems, hearing loss, and a challenging social environment in his first months of life, Ethan thrived—all the while teaching Jeff to take things as they came. And eight years later, the arrival from China of adopted baby sister Penelope took Jeff's on-the-job training to a whole new level.

Ethan's instinct for fun proved the perfect complement to Jeff's determination to live life fully. He died too young, but not before he, Penelope, and their mother, Janet, taught Jeff that the true path to happiness was putting other people's needs before his own—and living in the moment rather than trying to control it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684631490
Publisher: SparkPress
Publication date: 08/16/2022
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 982,143
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jeff Seitzer was an expert on the care of the self, himself in particular, before he unexpectedly became a stay-at-home dad concerned with other people's needs. Accounts of his on-the-job training as a full-time parent have appeared in the Omaha World-Herald, Hippocampus, Brevity Nonfiction Blog, Adoptive Families Magazine, and elsewhere. An award-winning teacher, he is also author of a number of books and articles on law and philosophy. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, he now lives with his family in Chicago, where he teaches philosophy and religion at Roosevelt University.

Table of Contents

1 My Writing Assignment 1

2 Battlefield Promotion 9

3 Crisis du Jour 22

4 The Tower of Babble 30

5 Who Needs Ted? 38

6 Teeter-Tottering through Life 51

7 In-Flight Safety Instructions 61

8 Cat without a Name, Cell without a Number 72

9 Mr. Rogers to the Rescue 81

10 Please, No Thank You, Please! 89

11 The Feet of Dorian Gray 98

12 Summer of Silence 115

13 The Petite Man's Guide to Parenting 125

14 Here's to Friends! 134

15 Alligator Tales 144

16 Thank You, Baba 156

17 Grand Central Station 165

18 TGIF 173

19 Hocus-Pocus 182

20 A Par before Dying 193

21 The Sing Sing Thing 205

22 The Long Goodbye 220

23 Thanks for the Memories 236

Afterword: Goodbye Letter to Ethan 251

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