I took Kyle to an orientation at the Middle School he hopes to attend. He has been accepted into the full-inclusion gifted and talented program through our district. There are three different middle schools in our district that have this program. (Please stop here and pray a little prayer that he gets into Vail.) The night was full of excited nerdiness. The sixth graders planned and performed a flash mob dance to Thriller. The jazz band played several great tunes. The math/science students performed a drama about the abstract and quantitative qualities of a banana. They ended their time by singing about what they learned about bananas to the tune of Monster Mash. Let me just tell you they learned some pretty impressive things!
Kyle sat with some of his fifth grade classmates through most of the evening. Watching him gave me more insights into who he his. Yes, he's well-rounded, has decent social skills, seems pretty normal, but in that setting he is totally free to completely geek out. He and his friends didn't think one thing was weird. They kept smiling and looking at each other, talking about how cool everything was. At one point the teacher told the students that they would be able to take Algebra 1 as seventh graders and Geometry as eighth graders giving them two high school credits. I thought he and his classmates were going to squirm out of their seats. His giddiness was making me giddy!
On the way home he talked and talked and talked about all the areas he hoped to study, friends he planned to make, and ways he hoped to conquer the world. It was truly inspiring and incredible. I once asked my friend, John W. who is also a Mr. Smarty Pants when he knew he was smarter than his mom. I think he was being generous to me because he said when he was around 18. It definitely won't be long before Kyle knows the truth.
Kyle as a 7 year old! He's always been goofy! (Like his dad)
What can I say? He's well-rounded!