Fast forward a... few... years, and I now find myself with my own ten year old grade five student who loses absolutely EVERYTHING! It's never intentional, I'm certain -- Noah always feels genuinely sorry whenever he discovers he's missing yet another item -- it's just that somewhere in the pathway of mental processes involved in remembering to collect all of his personal things, Noah's brain encouters a giant red X, an error message that prevents him from completing the task.
Noah is, quite frankly, a brilliant kid. He speaks as though he's memorized the entire Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, and can confidently explain scientific concepts that I wasn't even aware existed. He writes wonderfully creative and elaborate stories, invents and builds working models of useful gadgets, and has very big plans for his future. However, in the past two months alone, this very same boy has forgotten or completely lost his swim fins, a water bottle, his swimming ear plugs, his umbrella, a swimsuit, his school agenda, a pair of snow pants, a brand new package of pencil crayons, two pair of swim goggles, and a full pencil case. My favourite recent incident is dripping with irony: after Noah spent a full day challenging his mind at a board-wide enrichment workshop, the simple thought that perhaps he should bring home the stuff he went there with never even occurred to him. He left it all behind.
I have a hard time understanding Noah's tendency to forget so many things, because it's not the way I operate at all. Matt tells me that he thinks this behaviour is pretty typical for ten year old boys. I hope he's right, and that one day, Noah will finally outgrow the forgetting and losing phase. If not, then I hope the many parts of Noah's brain that work in magnificent ways, the parts that are sure to help him accomplish big things in life, will somehow afford him a personal assistant to take care of all the little details!