Posted 24 August 2017 - 10:36 AM
This reminds me of my son. At a year old he was pretty-much catatonic. Didn't know if I was even in the room yelling his name. I remember him working so hard with therapists at 2 years old to try to come out of his shell that he'd be sitting there sweating. I was out of town the last several days but my wife mentioned a couple things that happened when I was gone. He's 12 now, still with some struggles related to his health issues. In his soccer game Saturday he took a shot to the head and was pulled out of the game as a precaution. The other team were all a foot taller, older than our team. My wife told him when he came out to not be afraid, that he's more than good enough to play against those other kids...to tell the coach when he was ready to go back in. He asked the coach to go back in and, for some reason, coach put him in at left forward (after a couple years of cubbyholing him back in defense). My boy got a pass, flew past the other team and kicked a goal within the first minute of being in. Until then they were down 4-0. It was his first outdoor goal in 5 years of playing soccer. I guess the crowd went nuts. And, his team came back to almost tie the game after that.
He got his blackbelt in karate at 11. I remember seeing him get his bell rung in sparring once when he was 10. He went down for a minute and rather than come off the mat he quietly gathered himself and got back into the starting position to keep fighting. I knew we were on to something then.
The other observation from my wife: She took the kids to the driving range and said that a crowd of college-aged kids gathered around my son to watch him pound balls. Everybody admires his swing. After being watched for a while he took a break, stopped hitting balls, and started talking to each of the young adults around him about golf.
Sorry for the self-indulgent post. Just reminded me of my boy and the paradigm we were thrust into...