Gilbert’s POV

A little while ago I shared some of Gilbert’s thoughts on the world.

It was quite enlightening.

He has been opening up more and more recently about all sorts of things so I thought it was time to shed some more light on Gilbert’s POV.

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1. He is becoming more curious about his albinism. For instance he has asked me why he can’t see very well and was very interested in a pull apart model of an eye that he spotted at Vision Australia recently. He also keeps asking me why everyone else now has to wear sunscreen too even if they don’t have albinism.

2. To Gilbert, you have to prove yourself before he will thaw. He views strangers as potential “bad guys” and needs to get to know you and know you are not a “bad guy” before he will welcome you into his world. As a consequence he doesn’t take too kindly to strangers….

3. He doesn’t see the word freak in a negative context. He thinks it means you are different and isn’t everyone therefore a freak because everyone is different? The power of the word is lost on him which I am a tiny bit proud of but also quite worried about lest he offends others with his use of it.

4. Gilbert has recently discovered a love of watching tennis on TV and has come up with his own terminology. For instance, he calls games, “chips”, and encourages his player of choice to get as many chips as he can to reward his effort. He only likes watching men’s matches and picks his player of choice based on their name and whether he has ever come in contact with a Jo, Andy, Roger, Rafael or Tomas before and backs them accordingly!

5. Cold showers are the bomb. He wants one everyday as they help him relax and calm down.

6. He doesn’t see why he needs to go to school as he pretty much knows everything already. He does know more than your average 9 year old – he even taught his class about Roman numerals last year – however he certainly doesn’t “know it all!”

There are so many more things that I could share. So many more witticisms that Gilbert comes out with everyday. He is one cool dude – as I’ve said before he is the most interesting person that I know. But I will leave his wisdom for another post!

What have you learned from your kids lately?

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14 Responses

  1. Mystery Case says:

    Our eldest has just started her first after school job. All her own doing and already has almost $1k in the bank. Which is surprising given she makes about $8 an hour before tax and her first pay packet of $100 was spent in under an hour. lol

    The holidays and living close by has been good for extra shifts, she worked 6 shifts this week but I’m hoping when school goes back next week they stick to their one or two week night rule.
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  2. Gilbert does sound like a pretty cool dude. I like number two. My little girl is like that also. It is amazing how much kids can teach us. It’s not just a one way street.
    Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me recently posted..Everything sounds better in song

  3. It’s amazing watching the dial in your child ‘turn’ isn’t it?! I am watching my youngest boy turn on right before my eyes! He starts prep this week ;(
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  4. Lydia C. Lee says:

    I love point 3. I have a favourite saying “Own your weirdness” It’s amazing how empowering it is. I also love when you go to places which have their own subculture (Gaming expos, Roller Derby and so on) – suddenly the unusual becomes normal and everything else (the conservative ‘norm’) seems out of place….
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  5. What an amazing job you must be doing with your son. I love that he doesn’t view freak as a bad thing 🙂 I have learnt from my step daughter that you can still own your life even when you have very little control over it!
    Eleise @ A Very Blended Family recently posted..The Inconsistency of Happiness

  6. Gilbert sounds awesome! Kids can teach us so much. I can’t wait to learn from my baby
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  7. My five year old sounds a bit like Gilbert; he just looks at the world so differently, and asks me the most weird questions; things I would never ever even think about. Love the way kids challenge the way you see and think about things.
    EssentiallyJess recently posted..Mad About Bridget #IBOT

  8. We were at a family function last year and saw relative we hadn’t seen in ages. Both my kids (19 & 17) agreed they were definitely gay … I didn’t think much of it but it was confirmed on the weekend that they were right. My gaydar is hopeless!!!!!!

    Visiting today from #teamIBOT xxx
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  9. What an amazing boy you have there Kirsty, you should be proud, especially with his insight on freak, which I agree with by the way. What an enlightened life he is going to live. xx
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  10. Gilbert sounds like an awesome kid. I’ve learnt so much from mine, they look at the world so much more simply and innocently than we do as adults.
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  11. Tegan says:

    I recently learned from Mr 4 that my partner and I need to wear pants more often. I was going through his Ipod a couple of weeks ago and all of the photos he had of Paul and I we were in just a tshirt and undies lol!
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  12. Sheridan says:

    Gilbert sounds like a sweetheart. And I think his definition of freak is spot on. Whenever I said something weird my mum would use “my little freak” as an endearment.
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  13. Kirsty, I love that Gilbert knows pretty much everything, cool dude indeed!
    We certainly can learn stuff from our kids, I think we need to remember that they have less preconceived ideas than we do. xx
    Lisa@RandomActsOfZen recently posted..I Did It!

  14. Zita says:

    what interesting reading! Thanks for sharing Kirsty…
    On Friday I learnt about ‘social gatherings’… had a teenage boy telling me the difference between a ‘social gathering’ and a ‘teenage party’… I was quite enlightened! lol…
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