Sharp Eyes

Tad is my bookworm. This character trait is one of the single biggest reasons why all the therapists and doctors who have evaluated him have repeated over and over again, “This boy is not ADD/ADHD.”

He can pick up a book, “read” it, and be totally oblivious to the world around him while his attention is completely focused on the pictures and words in front of him.

Sound familiar? Yes, Mom, I can see you nodding in front of your computer monitor.

Tad also possesses good powers of observation. I’ve been thinking about picking up some Where’s Waldo? books from the library, because, frankly, I think he’d be really good at it. He has the ability to pick up a book, find whatever his favorite thing is in it – a fish, a shark, Lightning McQueen – and then find it again… and again… and again…

His favorite book of the moment is My Trip to the Hospital – which we bought for him after he broke his leg last summer. In each picture, there is a “hidden” mouse and a “hidden” spider – they have no connection to the plot; they are just always in each picture. Obviously, it’s a little easier to see Mouse than Spider, but Tad takes it as a personal challenge to find them both in each picture in the story. Sometimes, he’s so loud during his search that he’s not even paying any attention to the story.

“Look, Mama, dere’s Mouse! Dere’s Spider!”

Over and over and over again.

A couple of days ago, I was reading it to him again before naptime, and he was loudly scouring the pictures.

“Mama! Dere’s Mouse! Where’s Spider? Oh, dere’s Spider. Mama, dere’s Mouse! Dere’s a booger.”

He then flicked a crusty one onto the page from his nose.

Thanks, kid.

3 Responses to “Sharp Eyes”

  1. Aunt Lynda
    November 11th, 2009 09:03

    That got the laugh muscles going this morning! Thanks!

  2. Ressis
    November 11th, 2009 09:26

    Ew. Remind me not to read him that book.

  3. Cousin Shelley
    November 12th, 2009 09:12