My brother was working on academics with him after school even though in kindergarten they don’t actually have homework. But then The Nephew’s teacher asked my brother to please stop because the kid is so advanced that he is actually having behavioral problems because he is getting bored in class. They do this letter system for reading and most of the kids in his class read at a Level C. The Nephew reads at Level H. The teacher tried him on a Level M and he only struggled with one word. The kid is a genius.
But now my brother is like, “He can’t play video games and toys all the time. If I can’t work on academics with him, what do I do?” My brother freely acknowledges that he is not an artistic person. Now that the weather is turning, he can engage in sports but they can’t sign him up for anything because they only have one car and no way to get him to sports when his mom is working. My sister and I offered to pay for guitar lessons but again with the non-ability to get him there. So I bought him some art books (a monster book, a robot book, an animal book and an Avatar: The Last Airbender book). They should be simple enough for my brother to be able to help him with. I also got him a baseball that has a speed radar in it that will tell you how fast you threw it (somebody in this family has to encourage the kid to like baseball!) My sister got him a ‘build your own robot’ kit. If he is anything like his dad was at that age, it will be a breeze for him to build a robot.
I also wrote him an Avengers story. He called me up about a month ago and said, “Hey, will you write me another X-men story?” and I said, “What, do you think you have a birthday coming up or something?” He goes, “Hey! I do have a birthday coming up!” Then I asked him if he wanted something different than X-Men this time. We got to talking about the new Avengers movie and he had just seen some cartoon (“It’s in the future so it has old Hulk and old Iron Man and Girl-Thor with a sword not a hammer”.) Then we were talking and I said, “You know what bothers me? Once The Hulk gets mad and becomes the Hulk and then they get all the bad guys - how do they get him to calm down again?” And The Nephew says, “Maybe they could tell him a knock-knock joke? He can’t be The Hulk if he is laughing.” Some of you may have read Darcy say this thing in my other Avengers fic - yes, I totally stole the idea for myself but it seemed like such a Darcy thing to say. Anyways, he decided on an Avengers fic so I had to use the idea again in this story. I also put The Nephew in the fic too. If you read it, you’ll see. Apparently the kids on the playground don’t believe him that Iron Man flies. What do they teach these kids?!
I’ll try to put the fic up on Monday. Also, Sunday is my LJ anniversary and I will be doing the Fictional Story Meme where you all leave me little stories about some crazy adventure the two of us got up to together (hence the fictional part of the meme). Now I am off to bed early so I can get up for the birthday party. Night all.