Thursday, March 1, 2012


My six year old nephew, James, is the smartest Kindergartener I know.  Plus, he is so stinking cute and sweet that I just want to steal him.  He called me the other night, and this is how our conversation went.

Me:  Hello?
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 CouldIt 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.


Alyse said...

So cute! I'm so glad the Laneri name lives on in a smarty pants :) Wouldn't want it any other way! P.S. Please let me know when you are in NYC. I would love to meet up with you!

Amy said...

What a cute little smarty pants! I just love how much they can soak up!! He is seriously so cute, I saw a picture on Steve's Facebook and couldn't believe how grown up and handsome he is!!

Tiffany said...

SO precious! And he was so excited to read the book YOU gave him. Too cute!