I've always known that David was an exceptionally good writer, but this past year I didn't really see much of his work. I was so busy being stressed out that he was flunking his core classes for not completing assignments. (Isn't AS wonderful that way?)
When I took him out of school to homeschool him (which we haven't started yet), I was given a big stack of all of his stuff. I put it in a canvas bag, and it's been sitting in my bedroom ever since.
Last night, I finally decided to pick up one of the folders and take a look inside. There was a persuasive essay entitled, "Why Warcraft III is the Best Game Ever." Mind you, that was his special interest at the time, so he had plenty to say. But the essay was absolutely perfect. If I didn't know who had written it, and didn't know David, I would assume it had been written by a college-educated, professional writer. He got 100% on it, with the teacher's comments, "Wow, David! This is one of the best persuasive essays I've ever read!" The vocabulary and grammar was far better than a lot of the stuff I find in magazines and newspapers these days.
I told David that I had just read it and enjoyed it, and reminded him what the teacher's comments had been. He said, "Oh, yeah! I remember writing that essay. When I read it aloud to the class, every one just rolled their eyes and looked bored, because their tiny little minds couldn't handle it." Poor kid. That's how people act around him. No wonder he wants to turn around and walk in the other direction if we happen to see someone from his school. Oh well.
I'm so proud of him for being such a talented writer. On the other hand, I worry about him so much. He can write so well about subjects that interest him, but he can't write anything at all about subjects that don't interest him. The *only* way he can do it is to make it silly. So an essay about, say, the French Revolution, would probably include Napoleon getting hit in the face with a pie, or something like that. That kind of thing has its place, but I'd like him to be able to earn a living. Having the ability to write well, even about non-preferred subjects, sure would be a plus.
For the time being, I think I'm just going to encourage him to write about whatever he wants.
I just thought I'd share about the essay, though. It was truly impressive.
Oh, totally off-topic: He's pacing back and forth at the top of the stairs right now, proclaiming, "We must march incomprehensibly back and forth for the lesser glory of the inverted apricot paste!"
That's my boy! I don't understand why his peers think he strange. ;)