My husband and I had an important discussion the other night.
I maintain that that being a nerd never leaves you. Therefore, having to move once (or four times in my case) only makes life harder. Every group of people you encounter recognizes your inner-nerd and capitalizes on it. It isn't enough to go through it once, but the pain is multiplied over and over again. I mean, come on now. I know I'm a nerd. Must I constantly be reminded of it?
Mike, however, thinks it is harder if you are a nerd and never leave your home town. Therefore, you are consistently reminded of your nerd status by the same people year after year, who never forget.
I don't believe that. I think those people would lose interest in your nerd status after a year or so and leave you alone. Eventually, my husband did admit that he became "cooler" in high school, which proves my point. Unfortunately, I can't say the same about my own situation.
I would like to say, however, that fifteen years later, I think that being a nerd makes me who I am. Yes . . . I like to read a lot. I enjoy science fiction and fantasy movies and books without abandon. I recommend them to students in the hopes that they will find the same joy I did and realize that being a nerd only makes you unique and creative.
And in the long run, it doesn't matter. Being a nerd as a child doesn't have to make the slightest difference in your life as an adult. In fact, I'd like to think it enhances it a bit, for I can impart my nerdiness on others in my own small way.
Plus, my husband really loves book nerds. Just ask him.
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