When William was growing into toddler-hood, and beginning to learn things at what felt like break neck speed, it became pretty apparent to all that met him, that he was a special kid. He's a loving, caring, adorable by-product of two very similar parents. However, Jon and I were both so amazed at just how smart he was. It stopped us in our tracks sometimes the things that he knew. We wondered, often daily, how he learned these new things, and where he was picking this stuff up. It was as if by osmosis that this child was learning, he was truly the epitome of a sponge.
With Evan & Jack we never really had that type of pride. We of course felt so excited when they were infants and they first rolled over, and first sat up, but after those initial milestones it seemed as though all things kind of came to a standstill. We never really got those huge, awe inspiring moments again. And if we did, they were so unfortunately few and far between. I've changed my perspective so much for Evan & Jack, and what we consider to be progress for them, and progress for the others, is vastly different... But it's progress nonetheless. When Jack was able to go into the bank last month, with me, holding my hand, and not have a meltdown? That was monumental, enough for me to call my Mom from the parking lot nearly in tears. Progress is Progress, no matter how it's measured.
For Evan, we've known for a long time that he loves Letters & Numbers. I credit They Might Be Giants for putting out two incredibly awesome DVD's. Jon became a bit hooked on the DVD's as well, and they got a tad overplayed... Evan however loved them... We found him singing his ABC's quite frequently, and showing an affinity for books and games that had big bright letters and numbers displayed on them.
My Mom recently brought the kids a new Little People toy that she had found at Target. The idea of the toy is simple. You press a letter on the pad, and it tells you the letter name, and the animal associated with the letter. What we didn't realize, was that it also has a "quiz" option. You press the button with the "?" on it and it tells you to find a certain animal, or to find a specific letter. When you get a correct answer it chimes appropriately. It's very cute, and not at all annoying. The toy sits directly behind my chair where my laptop is.
Recently while I was online, I could hear the toy going through the motions of asking questions, and then chiming for right answers... I didn't realize that any of the children were playing with the toy. I especially didn't realize that any of them were CAPABLE of playing with the toy in that manner. I turned around, only to find Evan absentmindedly pushing the buttons and answering the questions as if it was the easiest thing he'd ever done. I watched completely mesmerized for what seemed like just another second before he got up and trotted off... I remember thinking to myself, he's brilliant, he's absolutely hands-down brilliant. Call CNN he's a genius. After showing everyone that I could think of, they too thought it was very cool... Very Very cool... Turns out he knows numbers too :) He's a prodigy... Heh.
And what makes it even cooler?? Will can't do it. Evan can do something that William just cannot do. :) I love it. I absolutely love it. Take a look at the video, the toy that we're using in the video is a bit different, we borrowed it from Evan's school. It'll give you the same idea though...