av MIRIAM VAN DER VALK
Some people are particularly intense. They were born that way –
intense, complex, and driven. They seem to have extra energy. Extra
curiosity. They can take an interest in just about anything, it seems,
submerging themselves completely in what they’re into at the moment.
From an early age, they surprise their parents and teachers with their
strange questions; questions that lack singular answers. With their
quirky sense of humor. Their precocious conscience. Their empathy –
they seem to know, instinctively, what other people are feeling.
They’re different. They can be
…exhausting, demanding, and perplexing enigmas. They often
amaze, delight and confound the adults who know, love and teach
them. (Daniels and Meckstroth, 2009)