Whenever I think of the word “nerd,” I smile. While I was not a computer nerd I did feel like I was a book nerd.
When I was young, to be called a “nerd” was equivalent to being called an “outcast.” If you weren’t popular and partying with the cheerleaders/football players you were boring. For sure, I fell into the boring category.
Whose fault was that? My Mom’s! Yep, it was her doing. When we were young my mother was constantly reading. My Mom would pack us into the car and off to the library we went.
In the beginning we resisted going! The typical, “NOT THE LIBRARY AGAIN,” we would say. I think when she was homesick for Italy, books were her escape and also her way of learning English better.
As children (there were four of us), we would whine about listening to her stories, but in her cute Italian accent she would say, “It is MY DUTY as you mother to teach you!”
Arghhh… “Duty, who gave her this duty,” we thought!
She was smart in making us FEEL she HAD to do it (laughing).
She wouldn’t pay attention, instead she would say, “You will like this, tonight I am reading you from “Greek Mythology.””
She liked “Alexander the Great,” “Marco Polo,” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” it was always something adventurous.
I remember when lightning would strike over Lake Michigan and we were afraid, she would say, “Zeus must be very angry tonight, he is throwing thunderbolts down from the sky.”
Of course, she would have us captivated with her story telling, her Italian accent added charm. Like it or not, we were hooked!
When she would close the chapter, we would beg her to keep reading.
She would say, “And these are the children who didn’t want to listen in the first place. NO, no more until tomorrow.” That was her revenge on us!
In Middle School I didn’t want to get off the bus, because she had me reading “The Egyptian” and “The Roman.” I had to finish the Chapter.
So, it was with great excitement that I came across The Nerdy Book Club Blog site. What a clever name – I love it!
If you are a teacher or you need a gift for a child, visit their website. They just reviewed the BEST books of 2015 in different categories/age ranges.
So, when I say, “NERDS UNITE!,” it’s with GREAT PRIDE that I say this!