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Sometimes his brightness scares me - The Rancho Commons
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Sometimes his brightness scares me
The night before last, I was in Evan's room, and I saw this list of small, handcut and written notes taped and hanging from the side of his computer monitor. I asked him what it was and he said, matter of factly, "Timeline." I only saw it in detail this morning.

So, on the way to school, I asked him for some more details.

Me: Can you remember all those periods you have on your computer about when the dinosaurs lived?
Ev: You mean the three periods that dinosaurs lived in?
Me: Uh, yeah.
Ev: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous.
Me: Oh. Well can you remember all those others?
Ev: Ummmm, Quaternary, Tertiary, Cretaceuos, Jurassic... did I say Tertiary?
Me: I think you did.
Ev: Triassic, Permian, Devonian, and... I think there's only one left - Carboniferous!
Me: Wow. That's impressive.
Ev: Quietly continues reading on way to school.

It is a humbling experience to be made proud of your nine year old son and also shamed by him in a single conversation.

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brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: January 13th, 2004 06:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Geniuses in small packages are quite scary. There is something hopeful and something frightening all at once when you realize that the intelligence of (your) children may one day exceed your own...while they are STILL children.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 14th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Intelligence is a much broader word, though. He already knows more than I do about Greek, Roman, and Norse mythology, and about dinosaurs. But, that doesn't make him more intelligent than me. And, more importantly, I can still take him in a fight! ;-) (joke, people)

Genius? I don't know, yet. I hope for his happiness more than anything. Whether he is or becomes a genius isn't even a concern to me. Though, I think happiness is often harder for child prodigies to find. I love him just like he is! And I hope to encourage him in whatever endeavors he chooses.
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: January 14th, 2004 06:34 am (UTC) (Link)
That comment was made *half tongue in cheek*...and notice I said "the intelligence of (your) children may one day exceed your own..." *wink*
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 14th, 2004 06:41 am (UTC) (Link)
"and notice I said "the intelligence of (your) children may one day exceed your own..."

To which I reply:
NEVAAAAH!

(going to read dinosaur books, right now)
brknconfidents From: brknconfidents Date: January 14th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
LOL :oD
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aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: January 14th, 2004 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dinner table:

Evan: Did you know that reptiles...
Me: It's time to eat, not time to teach!

At least once a week:

Me: Evan, it is not your job to teach grown-ups. If we want to know something you know about [whatever subject][nearly always something about animals] we will ask you.

Yes, but I don't want to learn what powers each of his Yu-Gi-Oh card characters have!

If he starts spouting American History, I'll be glad to listen!
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