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"Your soulmate is not someone that comes into your life peacefully. It is who comes to make you question things, who changes your reality, somebody that marks a before and after in your life. It is not the human being everyone has idealized, but an ordinary person, who manages to revolutionize your world in a second…"

Hiding

Hiding in plain sight, waiting for tomorrow.
So close and yet a million miles away.
Pain as sharp and deep as the joy was just moments before.
Time keeps moving, almost taunting,  as the moments pass unlived.
Emptiness fills the places where the sun used to be as the darkness falls.
Waiting for life to start while watching the pain endured by the end of another.
Broken pieces of my heart splinter as the distance expands.
Life can be so cruel and so beautiful at the same time.
A moment of pure joy quickly replaced by the anguish of those unshared.
Wanting only to wrap you in the warmth of my love and protect you from the pain that is ahead.
Needing to come out of the shadows to live the life that we have waited so long to live.
Not wanting to waste one more second of this precious time that we have left.
Wishing I had known this amazing woman that gave all she had to raise such a perfect creature.
Wanting to thank her, I do as I look to the heavens.
I’ll do my best to give him all that he needs and to love him with all that I have.
I will try to stay patient in the darkness, hiding.
Until the day when he is ready for the warmth of the sun that is our future.

The “Gifted” Curse

This article does a great job of explaining what others often see as a “problem” in gifted kids/adults when in reality it is a blessing. I dealt with this personally growing up and both of my kids have the curse (actually they have more of it than me which made parenting quite a challenge) and it really never goes away.  The gifted brain is one that never stops questioning, always thinking ahead of a situation and though usually that is a very good thing, sometimes it can cause all sorts of frustrations.

The article highlights:

A teacher asks the gifted teacher during their lunch:

"Why is it that whenever I am doing group work—you know, whole class discussions or cooperative learning in small groups or whatever—it’s going to be my gifted kids that cause all the trouble. Boy do they sure like to stir up the muck."

I glance at the clock and try to decide how best to tackle this topic, how to parse it, because it is not one that can be covered in its entirety with the mere fifteen minutes we have left in this short lunch period. For the moment, it seems as if identifying the common cognitive characteristics that most typically cause trouble is as good a place to start as any because for each of these particular cognitive traits, there is a brighter/more positive side as well as one which causes frequently some degree of consternation.

Cognitive Trait #1: Gifted students tend to be more adept at seeing the “whole picture” and see value in doing so.

Cognitive Trait #2: Gifted students are likely to have intense interests in a particular subject and, correspondingly, a vast storehouse of knowledge about that topic.

Cognitive Trait #3: Gifted students, put plainly and simply, learn and retain more information/skills much faster than their non-gifted counterparts

Cognitive Trait #4: Gifted students have a more advanced vocabulary than their age peers and are adepts at manipulating discussion of the subject at hand using appropriate “jargon.” 

Cognitive Trait #5: Gifted learners are adept at analogical thinking and use it effectively and efficiently to solve problems and reason their way through tasks.

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