We’ve long had suspicions that the kid may be gifted. She’s always been advanced according to the timelines I’ve found (walking early, full sentences early, advanced fine motor skills).
There are things we’ve seen that make us believe she’s gifted, and we also have the experiences of Joe’s mother to go by – she dealt with Joe after all – and we’ve heard from people outside our family that we might want to look into getting her tested.
This is a process I am both keen to start and terrified of. If we find that she is gifted, we may also discover learning issues that often go along with that, as well as potential social issues, but if we find the right definition of what she is and ways to cope with that, she’ll thrive.
If there’s one thing I want to see, it’s this kid thriving.
She loves school, she loves learning, she loves to impress us and I want to keep all that going.
But the fact is I wasn’t that great at school. I mean, I was when I went and tried and focused, but in high school things went pear-shaped. In Grade 9 and 10 I was on the honour roll, but I didn’t want to be there, I didn’t want to do the work, things got hard that weren’t hard before. I’m not proud of my high school grades and I know I could have done better. (I did end my OAC year with a 92 per cent average, but I was doing two English classes, peer tutoring and a coop, I mean, really).
Same goes for university, lack of focus. (In college I rocked it and was close to the top of my class with two awards under my belt).
I want this kid to have an easier time of it, but I also have high expectations, because she is smart. I don’t want her to have my blips, I want her to have passion all the way through her life.
So we’ll see where we go from here, and I’ll probably document the process since it might be useful for other people.