After Christmas, birthdays, Halloween, and Pi Day, Geek Pride Day is a huge deal in the House of Chaos. One of the greatest parts of homeschooling is that we can spend the time not only enjoying A’s descent into Geekdom, but stand with him and run with it. This falls under “how homeschooling supports and protects a gifted kid’s emotional status” as well as “how homeschooling allows a gifted kid the time and space in which to explore current interests in depth, knowing that at some point interests will change and new things will be learned.” There’s no way he could pull off Geek Pride Day to the extent he wanted if he was still in school. He’d want to, but the other kids wouldn’t get it and he’d be embarrassed and his anxiety would have spiked yet again.
How geeky has A become in the last several months (coincidentally, since he left public school)? Well, he can recite Pi up to twentyish digits, can’t wait to celebrate Tau day (6.28) next month, went out of his mind with joy when he got THREE gift certificates to ThinkGeek (couldn’t wait to get his geek on), watches documentaries on black holes/cosmology/theoretical physics for fun, and the greatest afternoon of the last six months was when we went to Fermilab’s family open house last month and he got to take a tour of the Linear Accelerator.
He has outgeeked his parents, and I’m drinking coffee from a Battlestar Galactica FRAK mug as I write this.
Earlier this week he sped through The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy in a few hours. At dinner Tom quizzed him on it, convinced the child had just skimmed through it and didn’t absorb the actual story. Riiiiight. A not only followed the storyline, but was applying the humor to his own life, understands a lot of the jokes his father and I toss back and forth at each other, and now knows why “42” features prominently on my license plate. Awesome.
A has dressed the part of a geek today. He is wearing a Pi shirt, where the symbol is made up of a gazillion digits of pi (purchased from ThinkGeek with his gift certificates). He has on his Geek Pride Day button from ThinkGeek. On his wrist is a ginormous spy watch, also from ThinkGeek. He has an Apple drawstring bag filled with the following items: an old BlackBerry he bought at a yard sale, a portable doorbell that sounds like a phaser, a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, his iPod Touch, and yes, a towel. I only wish it said Don’t Panic.
I am proud to say that my oldest son is a hoopy frood who really knows where his towel is.