March 2 10

It really doesn’t get much better than this. No. Josh is so funny. I sit with him every night while he does his homework, and there really is no question that this kid, well, marches to his own drummer. When he sits down to do a math sheet, maybe a page of 50 simple subtraction problems, it takes him about 8 seconds to do the entire sheet. But, the bizarre thing is, he doesn’t fill in the sheet the way his anal mother would. I would go in order…filling in the first row, left to right, and then go down to the second row. My son, on the other hand, is much more a free spirit. He will jump around the page in a totally random, all-over-the-place nonorder. And he never carries ones or anything…no. All his math is done in his head. Where the heck does he get that from. (Cough. His mother still counts on her fingers. Cough.)

Wired differently, this child.

He is seven and reads at a level U. And if you look at this here handy dandy chart, that’s 5th/6th grade. And he reads at leasta novel a night. This is where he is, most nights at around midnight…

and yet he got kicked out of Reading Enrichment. Kicked Out. For NOT being prepared. It seems that he reads the assigned material too quickly and then reads 18 books before they get around to discussing the book and then he forgets what that book was about. So he got kicked out. awesome.

He watches a tv show or movie or hears a song ONE TIME and can recite, by memory, every word uttered, every line sung, every joke told. But yet some nights he can’t remember to bring his homework home. It’s a simple task, really. One that’s required of him every single day of his life, but some days he just plum forgets.

It takes him hours to get ready to go anywhere and don’t even get me started on how long it takes us to find his goddamn shoes every. single. morning. and while I’m standing at the door telling him that I am about to leave, he gives me gems like this: Alright, Mommy, I’m coming! Keep your pantyhose on! And yet. If you tell him it’s time for karate, he’s in his gi faster than Mr. Miyagi can catch a fly with his chopsticks.

He’s an enigma, this one.

I don’t understand him. But I don’t really care…because, good god, he is such a ridiculously awesome kid, quirks and all.

  1. From the stories my MIL tells me of my husband, Josh sounds like a lot like him. Bryan was labled as having a ‘learning disability’ for not paying attention, etc. But he was so bored! He’d read a novel a day as well. And he had so many thoughts going through is head he’d get distracted but could recite stuff like nobody’s business. I think our son will be like this, as I see these tendancies already.

    But damn they’re adorable and charming and loving and hilarious. Thanks for the video. It was awesome 🙂

    Comment by samantha Jo Campen on March 2, 2010
  2. Don’t forget that he also puts on fedoras at the Gap and dance in the mirror.

    Comment by slynnro on March 2, 2010
  3. The part about getting caught in chopsticks…that reminds me of myself. Thanks for “getting” me.

    Comment by Muskrat on March 2, 2010
  4. He’s a GEM 🙂

    Comment by Em on March 2, 2010
  5. He sounds gorgeous!

    Comment by Catch the Kids on March 2, 2010
  6. I freaking love that kid.

    Comment by Meghan (AMomTwoBoys) on March 2, 2010
  7. everything about your kids is so awesome. I love him.

    Comment by heather... on March 2, 2010
  8. He is awesome. Love the little boy voice! Wanna get our boys together for a playdate? Today, while doing his math homework, he made up an elaborate tale about each of the stick figures we’d just measured to find the median of. They all had names, and I had to greet each of them. In an English accent.

    Comment by foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) on March 3, 2010
  9. Quirkiness RULES! xo

    Comment by Secret Agent Mama on March 3, 2010
  10. Your brilliant little boy is adorably funny, Ali! How awesome that you got it on video.

    Comment by IzzyMom on March 3, 2010
  11. I hated having to show the work on my math problems because it always was easier to do it in my head. I think I still make up songs for half the things I do during the day, too. Your son is definitely awesome.

    Comment by Avitable on March 3, 2010
  12. I think the title of this post sums him up.

    From what I’ve read about him, he reminds me of Nathan a little…

    Comment by Angella on March 3, 2010
  13. embrace the quirkiness josh!!!!

    Comment by LAVENDULA on March 3, 2010
  14. He sounds so awesome, quirks and all and without quirks really what is the point anyway….!

    Sadie at heyMamas
    .-= Sadie at heyMamas´s last blog ..A waste =-.

    Comment by Sadie at heyMamas on March 3, 2010
  15. Welcome to the world of the gifted boy, my sister! They are smart and funny and quirky and annoying and…just and! You will hear this alot…”I just forgot” (For Ex: “You did your homework, why didn’t you turn it in?” I just forgot!) It is an awesome ride!

    Comment by LibraryGirl62 on March 3, 2010
  16. Ha sounds like my childhood. I ended up with good grades but only because I tested excellently. I could never remember to do or bring my homework and my desk and backpack were always a *mess* But I’m good, I made it, I’m smart. It’s ok 🙂

    Comment by MBonn on March 3, 2010
  17. Oh my Josh, I am so glad I waited to comment until I saw that video. That is SO JOSH! So cute!

    When I watched him do his math homework the last time I was there I had the same thoughts as you – GO IN ORDER! But he has his own beat and it works for him!

    Comment by Kristabella on March 3, 2010
  18. He sounds like such a great kid!

    And thanks for posting the reading level chart. My daughter’s kindergarten class is doing the guided reading. And I didn’t understand what the “J” meant on her books.

    Comment by mapsgirl on March 4, 2010
  19. JOSH IS MY HERO!!!

    JOSH (the boy) MAKES ME WANNA HAVE (birth) MORE JOSHes!!!

    I FOUND THIS PAGE SERENDIPITOUSLY (must forgive spelling if need be)


    – I am in AWE…the KID is SPECIAL…

    Comment by Nefrettiti Moore on September 9, 2010

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