Laugh Until Your Sides Hurt
From a very early age, gifted children can detect even the most subtle inconsistencies in the world around them, and they often find these inconsistencies terribly entertaining. As these children grow, their intense observation, quick minds, and ability to make connections, frequently leads to the development of a precocious sense of humor. After all, humor can be a very healthy way for a logical mind to process the absurd…. a coping mechanism of sorts. Of course as this is developing, there are many misses. There is isolation in the fact that age mates may not understand the things they find funny, and sometimes adults find their advanced sense of humor threatening or disrespectful. Parents of these junior comedians can find themselves embarrassed as their children practice these skills sometimes uttering inappropriate remarks. Humor is a delightfully common trait of giftedness and it can occasionally bridge the “connection” gap even into adulthood. Spending time with the quick wit and left field thinking of gifted individuals is a huge amount of fun. Get a room full of them together and be prepared to laugh until your sides hurt.