This kid won his school’s National Geographic Geography Bee!! I’m totally bragging. Come on! Get on the happy train with me!!! Eeeks!
There, I said it. I have been trying for the last few days to figure out how to not brag so blatantly. But, whatever. Tune in next week if you want to avoid a silly bragfest complete with nonsensical words like GAH!HEWONTHEGEOGRAPHYBEE! I’m super pants proud of him. An added benefit is that all at Casita Philpott are now geography geeks due to him. So are the rest of the kids in his class. This kid has been slower to read due to a rather late diagnosis with an eye issue. This alone is like stabbing me in the gut with a butter knife because I had a specialty in early intervention with upstarts of the human sort. Even with the right diagnosis it took 2 years to get his prescription right so that these letters don’t turn into goo before they reach his brain. Despite the years of low progress in reading, this kid poured over maps and animals and habitats. He is in love with the world in a very basic way and it is so fun to witness his ride.
Kids are black boxes even when they can talk and self-toilet. Even with my over-education on the subject, it is mind boggling difficult to know what they really need, what they really think, how they really work. But, when they twinkle in an arena that is all of their own making it is absolutely awesome in a Marianas Trench sort of way. (This trench being his ideal vacation spot….) Thanks so much for providing me with a map of love my cutie smarty pants love supreme surprise kiddo. Oh and thanks to you too National Geographic, you’ve made a mama proud.