|Drew at belt testing 12-4-10|
Drew is also very competitive and extremely smart (in fact he is a genius). He wants to be the best and is very hard on himself. I can remember when Katie was in kindergarten and Drew was only three. Katie would bring home little books for reading. Drew would look over her shoulder and listen as we went over them. He learned to read that way-- at the age of three, I kid you not. When we would go have lunch with Katie and run into the principal, I would tell her what he was reading (Sherlock Holmes or something like that). The principal would ask him to tell her about it, and he would summarize the book as if he were writing a review for Amazon. He was reading Harry Potter books in kindergarten and first grade, and has read the entire series at least two times! He had to go to upper level grades for reading because he was so bored. Drew's birthday is August 29, so we could have waited a year to put him in kindergarten. He is only three days shy of the cut-off date. But we knew he was way too smart to do that, and even though he is one of the youngest (a girl shares his birthday), Drew is still one of the smartest in fourth grade.
Being intelligent and competitive is not always a good thing, though. They say "Wednesday's child is full of woe," and that is true to some extent; especially when Drew views himself as a failure at something. He plays sports but gets too upset when his team loses or if strikes out and doesn't score. We have enrolled him in Taekwondo and that has helped boost his self-esteem tremendously. He just made Green Belt, Level 2. I am so proud of my precious Drew; I dearly love him, too.