After camp today, Alex was feeling a bit down on himself because every single boy in hisvgroup is a better athlete than him - better at soccer and basketball and faster runners and kickball and, and and....
Then he started to talk about the kids who get the harder, longer spelling lists, who are way better at math, and are just nice helpful kids.
"Everyone is just better than me at everything, mommy"
He was just feeling so sad. And frankly, he was making me feel sad too, as well as question whether we had passed on the worst of ourselves rather than the best.
(Here is my love letter to my wonderful son)
So I started to think about what was amazing about my Alex. He can spell just fine, but oh how he can speak and how he can spin a tale! He can engage you in a world of wonder. And that kid gets content and context from movies and books in a way that kids twice his age can't.
And while at seven years of age these qualities that are uniquely Alex are perhaps not the traditional successes that he desires, I do know that one day he will be better than the soccer playing kids who peaked in elementary school.
Alex, you are indeed amazing. Yes, really.