Let me preface this whole story by saying I have no problem with any of it. In fact, I'm quite proud. We all know that nerdy is the new hot. Or hawt, just choose your preferred spelling. So I think we are doing an excellent job of encouraging that.
S's second-grade class has been learning about how to find information. Something about that has caught fire in his little brain.
Last night he asked if he could have an encyclopedia for his birthday. This is the first time he has requested something not related to computers or video games since he asked for Legos when he turned five.
When he was supposed to be in bed, I happened by and saw him pulling books off the bookshelf, one by one, to take to bed with him. He must have chosen twenty or thirty. He looked up at me and said:
"I love research."
The child of a Ph.D. to be and a university staffer, to be sure. And all kinds of nerdy.