This bright spark has decided he's not going to call his child "gifted". The fact that his child is apparently not gifted doesn't seem to have factored into this decision, but you know, just in case anyone was wondering, in the event that his child had a brain transplant down the track and became a different child. I have a gifted child. I also have a not-gifted child. So here's your first lesson, Christopher: they are both really smart. Off the charts smart. One is gifted. The other one is just regular smart. Gifted is not "smartest". It's a way to label behavioural traits, to assist with learning development and needs analysis.

Should you find yourself brave enough to open the cupboards in my home office, you might also be buried alive under a cascade of notebooks. All kinds: small spiral bound ones with thick blue lines, big ones with watercolour paper, medium sized ones with graph paper. My favourite is an A3 unlined Moleskine. Oh, the ideas I had in store for that notebook! The thing is, not one of them has more than a few pages of notes and ideas inside. They are "could have" notebooks. There is a notebook for the first book I never wrote. There is a notebook for the first business plan I never finished. There is a notebook for poetry that could be finished but might not be (who knows with poetry?). Each time I set out to achieve something, I bought a new notebook for it, as if the notebook itself contained the magic I needed to follow through.