Today was the first day of a new school year. We had an E.S. Meeting (for the uninitiated, that stands for education specialist and is part of using a charter), we did Scantron tests, and had a pretty easy day otherwise. Pumpkin again blew the scantron away. He tests into 10th grade math and 8th grade language arts. Sometimes I don’t know where he even learned what he knows with math. I saw him working on advanced algebra and his answer was dead-on. This was with a cold too. Ducky got to use one of his new pieces of curriculum — a tot set with puzzle pieces and stacking pins. He loved it. But the big news of the day was that Pumpkin actually stopped a tantrum, on his own.
He was over-stimulated, playing on the Wii. I should have known better. He’d been doing computer stuff for most of the day. Screen anything quickly overloads him. I usually keep it to a single hour to avoid this. But Scantron is done by computer, he’d had a half hour of technology class, and he’d earned enough puffballs for a video game. I acquiesced, then got distracted by Hubby’s attempts to reduce one of our bills by getting rid of our Uverse. Pumpkin came back and said he should probably give the Wii away. I asked why, and he said he was about to throw a fit over it. He almost threw the controller into the television and realized that would break it. So he shut it off, took a break, and got a drink of water. I was so overjoyed. I scrambled to point out to him that he DIDN’T have that meltdown. It hadn’t gotten to the point that Daddy or I had to intervene. No one got hurt. Nothing got broken. Nothing happened. There he was criticizing himself, but he’d done just what he and his body needed. I told him how very proud I was of him. I kissed him, hugged him, and even gave him a lollipop, because if there was ever a lollipop moment, this was it. Probably that sounds silly, but in my house, lollipops are very special.
After a break, he was even ready to finish his video game reward, but he chose to do it on the DS instead. I’m so very proud of him. It may not seem like much to the average person, but to us, this is a very huge moment. Maybe the hugest.