So last week at the park, we met a vey nice woman and her granddaughter, who is only six months older than Mr. Personality. All four of us got along smashingly together, and we found ourselves talking about all sorts of personal issues after knowing each other for all of ten minutes.
I don't know how we got on the subject of reading, perhaps because the park is directly across the street from the library. It turns out that she is an avid reader, and even though I used to be a bit more avid, we had a shared love of books.
Isn't it amazing how much you feel you have in common with a fellow reader?
We discussed some of our favorite literature, with the choices being fairly different as there is probably at least a twenty year difference in our ages.
Then she made an offhand comment that two out of her three children did not grow up to be readers. I expressed surprise, and she ventured the theory that it was sort of an inborn thing. Either you liked to read from the get-go, or else it wasn't your thing.
Ahhhh, the classic nature vs. nurture scenario.
Am I just one lucky gal that Mr. Personality loves books? He is already sight-reading probably over 50 words, and is wonderful at phonically sounding them out with me. I'm going to brag here a bit, because I really try not to, but I am so thrilled with his ability. A few weeks ago, my sister and I took him with us out to dinner. My sister lives near the ocean, and on the way there, Mr. Personality cried out from the back seat, "Beach! Beach, Mama!" I replied that yes, Auntie does indeed live by the beach, but that the ocean was not in sight. "Look, Mama, look!" And sure enough, there was a billboard with, you guessed it. Perhaps I'm just easily impressed.
Was he just born with this innate love of books, or could it have anything to do with the fact that I have read to him since the first week of his birth? Or that he sees Hubba-hubba and I reading all the time? Reading to him is a chance to faux-cuddle for him (cuddling without really admitting that he is) and we read at least six books a day, as well as going to the library every week.
Since I don't have another child, I can't say that I followed the exact same procedure with #2, and if the result was any different.
I say it is a combination of both, but I'll give nuture odds of 70% and nature 30%.
*I seem to be getting my own butt kicked, (albeit in such a nice way that it doesn't even hurt!) so I will bow to the wisdom of others and put the odds inversely, nurture 30%, nature 70%.