rollercoaster. That is the one word that describes my experience as a 2e
parent. My “ride” started 12 years ago when I noticed my 15 month old starting
to speak in whole sentence instead of just baby talk phrases. I was amazed at
his capabilities at that age, as I am today.
a parent of a gifted child, you embrace the highs of their achievements and
endure the lows, which can be dramatic. One of the most important pieces of
advice I received was from a retired special ed professional was to “find your
people”. When my son started Kindergarten and I realized the uphill journey he
was to endure, that is exactly what I did!
went to any meeting that involved gifted and accommodating learning
disabilities. I attended seminars and workshops, created a parent support group
with another parent called SOS for 2e (Supports, Options and Solutions) and
finally landed at the door steps of the Chicago Gifted Community Center.
have the honor of being elected President of CGCC this coming year. I am proud
of this organization and our mission to help all gifted families and students
create a community, so no one is without support. To me, the most important
part of the rollercoaster is to have “your people” who you can talk to when
things are going great and a shoulder to cry on and figure out solutions when
it seems the world is crashing down on you.
COVID-19, the world is a much different place and never has there been a time
that a community for supports was needed more than right now. As I start with
my new responsibilities, I want to thank Newenka DuMont, the past president,
still active Board Member and a founder of CGCC, for her past contributions
which are numerous. Lastly, I want to honor the mothers for the strength and
determination that you display day in and day out. You are an extraordinary
group of moms determined to make a difference. Enjoy your special day and below
is a quote:
“Be bold enough to use your voice, brave enough to listen to your
heart and strong enough to live the life you’ve always imagined.” – Happy