Something about having a first child that is gifted sort of distorts your view of children. It's not that you don't realize that they might be different, but people in general are different. Not until you have another child do some of the differences come and smack you upside your head. When we had a second child I did not think that they would be exact but I definitely did not consider that they would learn and perceive so dramatically different. Here's a little story:
B started taking chess class that is an hour long. During this hour I decided to take his brother T to the park. We walked along the sidewalk that also follows along a river. At some point I see a beaver in the water.
I said to T "Hey, look at the beaver in the water." and pointed at it.
He stopped looked at it and then said "Wow, look at that tadpole."
"No honey, it's a beaver"
"That tadpole is huge."
"T, it's a beaver, can you say beaver?"
"Tadpole is splashing his tail."
"T, it's a beaver, come on."
If this was B at this age it would have been more like this:
"Mommy, do you see the beaver in the water?"
"Yes, I do"
"Do you think it's looking for wood to build a house?"
"It's looking for just the right wood to use."
"I think beavers eat plants too so maybe it's hungry."
"Are you sure it eats plants?"
"Yes, I'm pretty sure, also beavers are good swimmers and use their tails for steering."
"Oh, that's interesting."
So you can see that by having the first child being gifted did not prepare me for the seconds way of thinking. It's almost impossible to not look back at what B was doing at this age and NOW I think "Are you kidding me?" When you are IN the situation it's eye opening, but not mind blowing.
On our way back from the park T stopped where the river was close again and then said "Look at the flamingos."
"Flamingos? T those are geese"
We continue walking and then he asked "Where's the raccoon?"
"Racoon?! Do you mean Beaver?"