My 7-year-old is the sweetest boy a mother could ask for (not that I'm bias or anything). He has sensory processing disorder, which has resulted in developmental delays in his motor skills, so until last year he was in his school's special education program to get the extra help he needed. He's also very impulsive, and I hear some interesting stories from his teacher. For instance, my son recently took in a lesson while half out of his desk with his head on the floor.
This week, the school psychologist tested him for the gifted and talented program. I've always known he's whip-smart, but I didn't expect anything to come of the testing. Instead, he tested at a "superior" level. He's well above the threshold for being considered gifted. The appropriate people at his school will now come up with a plan to help him reach his academic potential, which will go into effect next school year.
The upshot of all that: My son is both remedial and gifted.
Now I'm no dummy. I skipped a grade in elementary school. (As a side note, that destroyed my social life for years after and I absolutely will not allow anyone to do that to my son.) I graduated high school with a 3.9 GPA and college with a 3.8. I suspect that by the time my son hits high school, he will be leaving me in his intellectual dust.
It's overwhelming to think about that with my sweet, impulsive boy who has difficulty forming his letters and wants to operate a crane when he grows up. I am looking forward more than ever now to see where his life's journey takes him. I don't think it will be to a construction site.