Counting Triumphs

Andrew Sullivan —  Apr 12 2011 @ 9:47am

Priscilla Gilman movingly describes how her son’s struggle with hyperlexia put her in touch with her “deepest sense of what’s truly meaningful”: 

A partial list of the milestones and moments of triumph that have mattered most: Benj pats his crying baby brother on the head and says, “It’s OK, James;” drinks from an open cup without spilling all over himself or screaming in frustration as the juice dribbles down his chin; says “yes” for the first time at 3½ years old; refers to himself as “I” for the first time at a little over 4; says “I love you” for the first time at 4½; swims the length of a pool unassisted, his little head bobbing determinedly above the water; writes a poem called “The Reading Boy” about enjoying “A good book/alone in his own private nook.”

I can’t imagine obsessing over first-, second-, or third-tier schools, sports trophies, the perfect birthday party.