Richard Tocci

Richard Tocci
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Sunday, December 27, 2009


I felt really stupid for Christmas this year.

I didn't wish for it to happen -- it just sort of happened. My stocking didn't have a Stupid Feeling coupon, and I avoided yet another year of coal.

Santa Claus delivered a few gifts for the boys under my tree, as he did last year, and they really enjoyed their stuff. Hayden got a set of big block Legos and a shape toy. You know the one, where you put the block into the slot that matches the shape. He also got 4 Matchbox cars and a couple of coloring books. Alex got a set of Legos for a 5 year old, a Nerf All-Terrain Football, 4 Matchbox cars, and a few coloring books. Both boys were extremely happy with their gifts.

I got the puzzle for Hayden because I was not sure if he had yet hit that milestone where he matched up shapes. His momma had not told me if he had hit this milestone yet, so I was completely in the dark on if this was something he could do.

So I sat with him on the floor and handed him the shapes, and he went right to the box and shoved them into the right spots. I mean, it was not even like he had to try -- he just did it. I applauded him and he was very happy, but it made me feel like an ass. I felt bad because I clearly underestimated his ability.

He's been doing quite well. He understands language very well and follows direction as well as any 3 year old. He gets into mischief at a rate I would say is consistent with a 3 year old. He even interacts with his older brother in a way that appears normal. I mean, what brother doesn't smack his brother in the head when toys are taken from him?

But I underestimated his cognitive and intellectual abilities, and that makes me sad and angry at the same time. I feel like I should have judged him better than that. But I fear I will overestimate another time and feel just as idiotic.

I'm not sure there's anything I can actually do about it. I've been through this before with Amanda and her dyslexia, but it was at a much older age and I could talk with her about it. Hayden doesn't know that he's any different from other kids, so it doesn't bother him.

I am very proud of him, though, and he smiled a lot when he did the puzzle correctly and he knew he was doing it right. His sense of accomplishment is all I can ask for and expect, I suppose.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

Alex and Hayden spent the night on Christmas night after spending the day at Grandma's and Grandpa's. They both made out like bandits, of course, and when they arrived at my house, they found out Santa made an extra visit. Alex is happy with his Matchbox cars, his Legos, and his Nerf football. Sometime today, we'll head to the park and play catch.

It's hard to believe another year has evaporated in front of my eyes, and what an eventful year it has been. New job, Alex in kindergarten, old job closing down the College Station site -- all of this in 12 short months. I think I'll get rest sometime in January. I hope...