Three months later, we receive the evaluations of both boys. I'll share these with the relevant folk next week.
The good news is that the data backs what I already know; there is absolutely nothing in either report that I don't already know about my boys.
The bad news? The plain and simple reality that my kids function at a social play level of 3 year olds (3.7 for the elder, 3.1 for the younger).
In my blackest moments I wonder how either of them are going to survive; in my more enlightened moments, I remind myself we all have issues, obstacles and challenges to overcome.
Sometimes, the hard data, while useful in its own way, fails to account for all of the skills and intelligence that may not necessarily be quantifiable. Nevertheless, it indicates all the areas we need to be working harder on.
At what point, I wonder, do my efforts become enough? Or do I ever get there?