I kid you not, this conversation happened last week. I just smiled and chuckled.
How do I even respond to that?
What is it about humans that we all want people to fit in a box? So we can somehow place the people around us into neat and tidy descriptions? I know this person was attempting flattery, but I am over labels, especially when it comes to my son. So over someone's preconceived idea about what he should be. Labels do not make a person.
I come from a very egocentric profession. Above all else, intelligence and the ability to use logic to form persuasive arguments is valued. But that is not where my heart is. It's precisely because of Jack that I place my values on something else. I am not impressed by your incredible mind. I am impressed by your heart.
Is my child a prodigy? If you believe like I do, that your value comes from God and an extraordinary ability to love and inspire, then yes, of course he is.