"WHAT??????" I asked, very calmly (not really). How could she not like to read? Where had I failed her? By the age of ten I had read every single book in my mother's library, devoured them, and searched for more.
"I just don't. I'm a sporty girl," she told me casually.
It's true. She plays every single sport that her school offers for her age group. She recently finished volleyball and now basketball season is upon us. In the spring she'll do track and all summer long she swims. I am so very proud of her. But isn't there room for reading? I bring home the greatest books for her, she checks out others from the library, she just isn't interested in ever reading them.
I'll blame it on my husband, the jock. (Whoever thought the nerdy bookworm would marry the popular jock?) Standing at 6'8", this man is one of the most coordinated people I know. He played basketball in high school and college and still enjoys a good pick-up game. And you should see him on a wake board. (actually I'll post a pic of him on a wakeboard) So obviously his genes are stronger than mine. How dare his coordination genes overpower my nerdy bookworm genes.
Sigh. I still have hope. There are three other children. My influence will not be overpowered. :)