So it’s no longer news where my interest lies and I’m trying to find which of the kids has the seriousness of wanting to follow my footsteps. Dave is quite clear about what he wants to do. Art is his thing. He spends more time talking about telling stories than actually writing them. Zaram is following Dave’s footsteps, the only time he is quiet is either when he is watching cartoons or drawing. So I’m left with Michael.
Michael is a little tricky. You know the proverbial jack of all trades? He actually wants to be a ‘technologist’ but he also loves cooking. Plus he has been saying he will be Nigeria’s youngest author since he turned 12. Oh well, I’m not telling him he won’t be (hehehe)
So, I came across this news item. Little girl, who had read over 1000 books at the age of 4. Michael wanted to know how she could have done it. Well, my theory is that she probably started reading about age 2 and reads more than a book every day. And then I say, ‘you should be reading lots of books too’.
He turns to me and goes ‘naa watching tv is better.’ Before I can recover with a good enough retort he goes, ‘besides, watching tv is like reading.’
‘No,’ I respond.’It’s not the same.’
‘But it leads to the same thing,’ he insists.
‘No it doesn’t,’ I respond. Michael is such a pain.
‘Look at it this way,’ he says pointedly. ‘Someone writes the story, the actors read the lines and then read it to me when they say it. See they are reading to me and when I listen, I’m reading too.”
I think I’m getting too old for these kids. Speaking of old, they have finally stopped calling me old. According to Michael, ‘that line is old’.