Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The Prodigy

'Tis a rare thing for someone to find their true calling by age seven. But with Luke I think we may have a real prodigy on our hands. We've all seen children with a penchant for mathematics or that can spell every word in the dictionary. For other kids it might be a musical gift like the piano or violin. Luke is taking it in another direction.

As I was filming the video below, a scene from one of my favorite movies immediately came to mind. In Searching for Bobby Fischer, Josh's Dad (played by Joe Montegna) has a scene where he lays into Josh's teacher pretty good for not fully appreciating his son's blossoming chess ability. 

"You want to know how good he is? I'll tell you how good he is. He is better at this than I have ever been at anything in my life. He is better at this than you'll ever be at anything. My son has a gift. He has a gift, and once you acknowledge that, then maybe...we'll have something to talk about."

Yeah, what he said.

Hard to believe it was just a few short years ago that I introduced him to this. And he has already far surpassed my meager skills. With a bit more practice, patience and maybe some lessons I think we could be looking at a 2020 Olympic champion. It's pretty much a lock that this will be an official Olympic sport by then. We are all Witnesses.


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