How do we know when our kids have special talents, strengths or abilities? How do you know what you’re kid’s good at? I still tend to think his teachers will tell us or his grades will show me or if he scores many points in a game, I’ll know. Sometimes I’m waiting for the answer to come to me in some concrete formula, that I miss other opportunities to learn about my son’s strengths. And then this morning, Ry wanted to demonstrate the songs and dance movements his class will perform at the all school show.
He knew all the words to “Old Dan Tucker,”and was quite expressive with the movements. Also he integrated the dance steps and silly movements. And most importantly, he was having fun with it. I was genuinely impressed. I immediately thought if he, as a kindergartner, can do that for a school show, he can probably do that with plays for a basketball team. As someone who really struggled to learn plays on a basketball team, I have a real appreciation for someone who can listen, learn, and incorporate new information. All skills which will serve him well throughout his life.
After leaving home and heading for work, I thought about what I would write about today. I assumed I would later focus on the school show. And then, it hit me, this morning’s performance in the kitchen is just as important as tonight’s at school. How often do we as parents, worry, anticipate, and prepare for the big event and then miss it because we are then thinking about what to do after it? Sometimes the good stuff is right in front of us if we just look and listen.