This week, I received an e-mail from a former professor and very dear friend of mine. The subject line of the e-mail read “Poppy Seeds” and in the e-mail she told me about an [absolutely amazing] twice-exceptional child that she works and added that the child’s mother is a fellow child advocate and blogger and that the two of us should connect. This sort of thing has been happening with some regularity since starting this silly lil’ blog, and especially over the last six weeks. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many wonderful parents, educators, bloggers, and child advocates, and they are all passionate about all children, including the gifted and twice exceptional. They have amazing ideas and want to see change happen.
These connections and conversations are exciting. I truly feel as if something is in the works both here at home, where I’m now a regional contact for GHF* with plans to organize local meet-ups, but also on a national level. I have had some great dialogue with folks who want to make things happen. All of these great minds and ideas are going to lead to something. The seeds of change are in the air, folks. I can feel it. I’ve been thinking a lot about these seeds of change, so when I received an e-mail with seeds in the subject line, it felt serendipitous.
Naturally, when I received the e-mail from my professor, I wanted to find this mom and her blog so that she could join the conversation too. I mistook the subject line of the e-mail for the name of the blog, but I couldn’t find a blog by that title. I replied to my friend’s e-mail and she responded with the blog address and added, “I called it Poppy Seeds (my email to you) just as a way of telling you your little poppies are casting seeds.” I was so incredibly touched by these words. When I started the blog, I never imagined that we’d be casting any seeds, I was too busy flying by the seat of my pants. Here I was all stressed about my licenses expiring but when one door closes, another opens and, in some cases, these doors lead to important connections. The most recent of which is this mom, and you should read her story- it is an incredible one.
Now, to the point of my post. I honestly don’t care about likes or followers, I care about connections. Those numbers mean little if people are not engaged. I want to connect with those who feel passionately about the things that I do, so that we can all work together to make a difference. So, if you think you have a resource or contact for us, please let me know about it. Many of you have already done so, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. And now, I ask you this: if you know educators, or parents, or anyone who might relate to any of the above, please send them my way so that they can join in the conversation, too. Let’s all start castings seeds of change and see what comes of it. I have a really good feeling about all of this, folks!
Wondering if your child is gifted/2e?
Don’t judge each day by the harvest that you reap but by the seeds that you plant.
~Robert Louis Stevenson
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, Scary Mommy, GeekMom, and many others. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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