Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know I have a soft spot when it comes to Asher. I just am crazy about that boy. He embodies so many qualities I wish I had: he always considers others first, never gets angry (unless Dalton gets him with a crazy WWF move), always forgives and never fails to have a smile, hug or word of encouragement for those around him. As an example, I was out the other day, taking Jude to a doctor appointment. Asher called and the end of our conversation went something like this: “Mom?” “Yes, Asher” “Could you give Jude a hug from me?” …. geesh, where does this boy get it and can I have some?!?
But several years ago Asher struggled with many academic concepts, and we worried about him being able to learn like our other children. When it was time to start kindergarten, I homeschooled him, hoping to be able to either teach him the concepts he was just not getting, or determine that he needed to be held back a year. Before the middle of the school year, we knew he was not ready to be in kindergarten. We spent the rest of the year just learning the things he was ready for and letting go of many expectations. Asher started kindergarten the next year and has never looked back. He does well in school and is, thankfully, on par with other children in his class.
So this came as a shock. We received a letter from the school, requesting our approval to test our sweet boy for the GIFTED program! WHAAAA? Who? Asher? Maybe a nomination for the ‘Big Heart’ award, but gifted? Needless to say we were absolutely thrilled and just bursting with pride for our once slow-starter. I mean, this boy didn’t know his colors when he was 5 (but he could name every single Stink Blaster ever made ;)). We haven’t made a huge deal out of it to him, since we really don’t want him to be anxious about the testing or upset if he doesn’t qualify for the program. But I just wanted to take a moment to toot my little guy’s horn: Way to go ASHER!!