Throwback Thursday: I Could Have Been Gifted

On a previous blog, I posted the true (and very sad ) story of why I was not accepted into the gifted program in school. Read it and weep.


…if it weren’t for E.T.

When E.T. came out in theaters, I was smitten. I don’t know what it was about the hairless, wrinkly, blue-eyed extra terrestrial, but I was in love. Obsession for me is not a new concept. As recent as 2009, I read all four Twilight books in 5 days and decided to become a writer. (By the way, thanks Twilight!)

So, back in 19…um…back a few years ago, I saw E.T. twice in the theater. Maybe three times. I laughed, I cried, I developed an appreciation for a little snack called Reese’s Pieces. See ‘N Spells became cool. Around this same time, one of my teachers had begun wondering if I had some big brains hiding behind my even bigger glasses, and she had me take a test for a gifted program.


My completely distracted, obsessive brain had taken over whatever potential gifted part by then, so I answered, “To outer space to visit E.T.!!!”

Question 2: If you had one wish, what would you wish for?

Me: To meet E.T.!!!

Question 3: Who would you most like to meet?

Me: E.T.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As you can imagine, these answers did not land me in the gifted program. In fact, I’m fortunate they didn’t outfit me with special headgear and give me one of those extra-jumbo pencils to write with.

Soon, the E.T. obsession faded, and I moved onto other distractions. My Little Pony, Strawberry Shortcake, Barbie, and in my teen years, Johnny Depp (ah, some things never change.)

I never look back on my failed gifted test with regret, however. Who knows what those types of classes would have done to me? Instead, I got to shuffle along with the normal kids and suffer great angst at the hands of other, more popular types.

I guess I’ll never know…I can’t decide whether or not to thank Spielberg or send him a See ‘N Spell programmed with a very special message.