“It’s so much fun having K in class. She’s so creative!” This quote from K’s after school Architecture teacher made me smile, of course. K is fun and she is creative and I love it when people appreciate that about her. It also made me smile to think of how different her strengths are than mine. I imagine the feedback my mother received from teachers was more along the lines of “It’s a pleasure having Gail in class. She does exactly what she’s told and doesn’t cause any trouble.” I’m sure they never told her how creative I was.
I don’t know exactly where in K’s birth family her creativity comes from but I know it’s a natural talent not one she absorbed from either my husband or I – two of the most linear thinkers on the planet. We used to say that K not only didn’t “think inside the box,” she didn’t even see the box. If she was to have a box, it certainly wouldn’t be square shaped, hers would be more like a dodecahedron.