Yup, I just used the G-word. Did you cringe just now, when you read it? To be honest, I still cringe a little too. As the mother of a profoundly gifted and twice-exceptional child, I think that gifted is a terrible label; it brings to mind images of beautifully-wrapped packages with neatly tied bows. Our gifted reality is sometimes beautiful but complicated and challenging and anything but neat. When folks hear the word gifted, they tend to make assumptions.