So Dimir suddenly asks where his schoolbag is. Then joyfully says “it’s upstairs” and he goes to pick it up. I should add that this is all happening in english and Dimir is french-speaking. He self-taught english by listening to videos and now learns it in school, although episodically. Interestingly, his pronunciation is way better than mine. He had lessons a few weeks ago about what is inside his bag and he seemed to struggle learning it. To my surprise, he just opened his bag today, took out everything there was inside and named each object perfectly – in english.

This is yet another example of some of his amazing talents, most of which will probably be lost unto this world because – hey!- he does not fit in.

his amazing talents, most of which will probably be lost unto this world because – hey!- he does not fit in

I often wonder: how much great talent is forever lost because we focus only on people’s weaknesses and refuse to see their strengths? What would it take to turn our educational system upside down so it is less normative and more self-fulfilling? So my amazing, incredible square-peg of a son is not condemned for not fitting in pre-defined round holes.

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