He Double-Fists - With Crayola

A couple of weeks ago, we were out to dinner with the kids and my BFF.
(oh, what a rarity. We just don't do restaurants with both of the kids. Unless it is the diner for breakfast).
I happened to have a box of crayons in Gracie's bag.
And the kids set to work coloring the fronts and backs of every placemat they could get their hands on.

Connor was sitting to the right of me and I looked over at him.
He had a green crayon in one hand
and a red one in the other.

And he began writing his name.
With both hands.
Two letters at the same time.
And his hands were moving in opposite diretions of each other.

His name looked perfect.
There were no mistakes.

My jaw flew open and plopped itself into my bowl of soup.
I asked him to do it again.
And he freaking-fracking did!

Has anyone else ever seen this?
Tonight is open-house at his school and I'm hoping to run into the Occupational Therapist.

On a side note, I tried this out myself.
And I couldn't do it.
Not to mention, it looked terribly sloppy.
Whereas Connor's looked perfect.

Or just me?

21 ripples in the pond:

Aliki2006 said...

Wow. I have *never* seen this, either! I would have been just as floored as you.

It will be interesting to find out what the OT says--what a skill, though!

Super B's Mom said...

As Super B says, "WHAT THE?!?"

That is AMAZING!!!

phenom said...

It's just you that's weird.

That's what you were asking, right? :)

flutter said...

Ambidextrous! That is AWESOME! Ignore Mike, he's just jealous. :)

carrie said...

That's amazing! Clearly a sign of his advanced thinking skills.

Her Grace said...

Ambidextrious? If so, that's pretty cool!

phenom said...

I don't know if I'd like to be ambidextrous, but it sure would be cool if I could do stuff with either hand! :)

deb said...

It's amazing and it seems like a good thing for a guy. A switch hitter:)

jen said...

dude, he's brilliant. seriously, two hands going at once.


alejna said...

Hmmm....I'll be very intersted to learn what the OT says.

I used to do that when I was little. I just tried it, and I can still do it, though my left-hand writing is a bit messier than my right now. (I am right-handed.) Also, my "e" tends to come out backwards (or at least backwards written with my right hand, right written in my left). Which I find kind of funny, as I remember writing my "e" backwards when I was in kindergarten, though the rest of my letters were correctly (and neatly) formed.

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KC said...

That boy is talented. He needs to perform on the road! Or Oprah.

Lacey said...

That's amazing! I know I wouldn't be able to do that if I tried. His brain must be working overtime to be able to do that!

Beck said...

That's a bit weird, eh? My paternal grandfather, apparently, could do the same thing and he was completely ambidextrous - maybe your boy is, too.

slackermommy said...

That's awesome! I'm curious to what the OT will say about it. Wasn't Connor who had issues with writing? My little guy is still struggling. After reading this I feel like there is hope.

Tabba said...

To all: last night I didn't get a chance to meet with the OT. I'm hoping that maybe I'll be able to set up a phone conference or something.

Kristi: Um, writing wasn't necessarily the issue with Connor...he just had issues with grasping the pencil and switching hands. But he's come a loooong way.

Jen M. said...

Holy cow! I haven't seen that either! It's got to mean something good - like maybe scholarship to college good.

liv said...

It's because they're geniuses, Tab. Evolution has sprung from your womb. Seriously.

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Maya's Granny said...

I was a Montessori teacher and, over the years, worked with many, many young children who were learning to write. I never saw anything like that and never heard of it, either.

Maggie said...

Thats really cool.