James: Aunt Kristin!
Me: (Surprised, because I expected his momma on the other end.) Hi James! How are you?
James: Aunt Kristin, guess what. I read the book you got me when I was a baby.
Me: (Confused, though I know I certainly have gotten him many books, I don't know which one.) You did? What book was that?
James: The Little Engine That Could. It was the first book I ever got. You gave it to me when I was a baby and you wrote a note in the front.
Me: I did(??)!!! Wow. That is so awesome. And you read it?
James: Yep, I read it by myself and the note too.
Me: Well, what did the note say?
James: Oh, hold on... (goes to get book)... "Christmas two hundred... I mean two thousand seven. Dear James, You can do whatever you want if you put your mind to it. Don't ever give up. Love, Aunt Kristin"
Me: (basically in tears at this point) James!!! That is so amazing. I cannot believe you read that and read the book. You are so smart.
More conversation ensues, and then I talk to Christine (his momma) and proceed to tell her how that just made my night. Seriously, he is SIX!!!!!!!!!! And, he read The Little Engine That Could, which has a lot of big words in it like merrily and steadily AND HE READ THOSE WORDS! Apparently, the other kids in his class are reading Level 1 and 2 books and he's reading Level 3. His teacher calls him her little reader. I could not be more proud, as you can tell. I hope they test him for Gifted! That was always the best day of my week in elementary school. (As a side note, he was born in January 2006 and I am certain that was not the first book I gave him, or that anyone else gave him for that matter.) :)
|Such a boy.|