This is a repost from March of 2009. It showed up in my Facebook feed and made me smile. It's still true today. He's much more aware of things going on in the world, but his ideas and fascinations are still not those of the typical 18 year old. He is still obsessed with history and loves mythology. He is incredibly interesting to talk to.
And, it's not my fault. I mean, let's get real. I am not a big fan of non-fiction books. Gabriel lives and breathes them. I have never been a fan of history, although I am starting to enjoy it, now. Gabriel has always loved history. I would much rather do math or read smut any day of the week, than force myself to sit down and read a book about the fall of Rome. Now, don't get me wrong. Now that I am an adult, I am learning to love history. In fact, I think it is one of the most fascinating subjects we study. But, it isn't something I do for fun. Most children don't obsessively read about the Greek gods. Gabriel does.
The other day, Gabriel was preparing for a Tae Kwon Do tournament. I told him that he needed to stop thinking, and just let his body do what he'd taught it. I told him, "Just do it. Like Nike says."
Gabriel looked at me with a funny look on his face and said, "No, she didn't."
*sigh* How many 11 year old male children would immediately leap to the Greek goddess, Nike, instead of the shoe company? He's obviously out of touch.