I Wish I Had His Little Friend Living in My Mind!
Jack has grown up by about 10 years in the past few months, or so it seems. He’s reading novels and biographies, teaching himself algebra and geometry, and continuing to be such an awesome kid all around. His brain baffles us constantly, and if you think I’m exaggerating, here ya go…the first 2 videos are of Jack doing algebra, then you can hear him reading MLK Jr’s biography:
When we were down in Florida, my little sister, Angela, joked (or so I thought) that Jack corrected one of her math homework problems. Somehow he taught himself the concepts and basics of algebra too. He started asking us questions about “the variable” when we got home, a concept I assume he got from Angela, or from reading her math books. Anyway, he is 100% accurate as long as the variable is <6. He is so smart is scares me sometimes.
Jack is also the most rewarding kid on the planet to parent. Travis and I have talked a lot lately about how proud of him we constantly are, and not because of how smart he is. He is loving, emotionally connected, and intuitive once you have “cracked his code.” By that I mean, he is not a kid who wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s also not a kid who is going to love everyone he meets right off the bat. It’s almost like in some ways he is inherently mistrusting and disinterested in anyone who is not willing to WORK for a relationship with him. I think he feels like anyone worth his effort has to prove him/herself before Jack is going to invest anything, emotionally, in a relationship with them. It doesn’t mean he can’t or won’t, it just means he’s not gonna give it away easily.
He’s also an awesome, doting big brother to Griff. This baby has Jack wrapped around his finger: