I have sometimes thought my son to be a secret genius. It is a well kept secret from the outside world, but at home he has some uncanny abilities considering all of the difficulties he has to deal with.
Recently he was chosen to receive an iPad from Autism Speaks and to say he loves his iPad is an understatement. To him, his day revolves around iPad time and he is learning so much.
But in the midst of all the normal stuff, he has exhibited some crazy voodoo iPad skills that he has never been taught. Where does this come from? He has tried to download apps and would have succeeded in purchasing them if he knew my iTunes password. I have a hard time believing he could memorize my password and input it in the small little box, but still I tilt the iPad my way when entering my password – you can’t be too safe.
Also, once in a blue moon I have to set an alarm and he somehow knows. Seriously, the only time the child has ever slept in is if I have an alarm set. Then I have to wake him up. This is painful. He still does not sleep through the night at 5 years old and is up at the crack of dawn – unless I set an alarm. He knows and purposely sleeps in just to mess with me.
So with all this going on, is it no wonder I thought for sure he was a genius when his sister and I overhear him playing is his room this morning:
He is playing with a ribbon and chanting “Santa Clause is a fraud.”
My daughter and I looked at each other in shock and truthfully we were a little creeped out. This instantly turned into pride, as I contemplated how right I had been about his secret genius.
Then, Brooke, who is still listening at his door, says “oh, he is saying, ‘Santa Claus is a frog.’”
Yep, that makes more sense.