I called our county's Child Find office on Monday and requested an assessment packet for Ike.
(Or technically for "Isaac," a name I only ever hear called out in doctors' waiting rooms, and I usually sit there for a few extra seconds like "Why are they looking at me? Who's Isaac? Oh, right.")
So now all that's left on that front is to wait for the packet to arrive in the mail, fill out all the parent forms, send teacher forms to his school, wait for his teachers to return the forms, mail everything back, wait for a phone call to schedule an appointment, wait for said appointment, perform some ancient sensory ceremonial rituals involving obstacle courses and small toys hidden in shaving cream, and then maybe...MAYBE...we'll get some speech therapy before his fifth birthday in June, at which point he gets handed over to the school district and whole process starts all over again.
(Do I sound chill or just jaded? I can't tell the difference anymore.)
After I made the call, I decided our chalkboard wall needed a new family motto.
NERD TIME: As a copywriter I have to quibble with the [very common] misattribution of this "quote" to Steve Jobs. It's pure advertising copy, and was written by Rob Siltanen specifically for Apple's Think Different campaign and commercials. Steve Jobs didn't even LIKE the text at first but later changed his mind, and the rest is history, until somebody starting slapping "Steve Jobs" at the end so everybody would view it as an inspirational life quote rather than something specifically written to make you buy a computer.
That said, it's damn good ad copy and does make for a nice life quote out of context. When I read it out loud to Noah after he got home from school, his face noticeably lit up at the "ones who see things differently" line.
"That's me!" he said, in yet another one of those oh my God could this kid have anymore awe-inspiring self-awareness about how his brain works moments. My voice cracked a bit and I kept on reading, eager to hear how he'd process and interpret the whole thing.
"I love it," he said. "It's JUST like the End Poem in Minecraft. Can we put the End Poem in Minecraft up on a wall next?"
Okay, well. I tried.
(Also nope on the End Poem. It's like a million lines long, kid.)