Check out the photo I found on Pinterest below (Don’t you just love Pinterest?). I have a whole board that celebrates nerds. Nerd hasn’t always been an embraceable term, though. When I was growing up, to be called a nerd was pretty disparaging. I took it upon myself to do the eighth-grade essay-hack and looked up the word on Dictionary.com. Even though I knew there would be unfavorable points, I was shocked at number one: “a stupid, irritating, ineffectual, or unattractive person.” Wow. Number two is slightly less insulting: “an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit.” The kindest sentiment and seeming only saving grace was from the proverbial mother advising her girl to be kind to the nerds, since they will be rich one day.
Thankfully, our progressive society has cultivated a more enlightened perspective on the formerly beleaguered nerd. New definitions have popped up, some I much prefer over others. This picture is my most favorite definition. I find it to be inspiringly beautiful and liberating. Fantastic, yes?
I have to say, my entire family is a collection of nerds. Our bookshelves and DVD collections would betray us if we were ever trying to mask it. Our shelves sag under books exploring apologetics, science fiction, fantasy and trivia. We own every superhero movie ever made (well, maybe not, but it sure seems like it). My daughter has had to devise a new laugh just to express her near inexpressible joy at her various ‘nonsocial hobbies and pursuits.’ My son practically vibrates when he can nitpick the techno-babble of his favorite shows. An example is when, in episode 4 of Doctor Who, “Aliens of London,” news crews announce a crashed UFO, my son is quick to point out that the ship is in fact identified, and very much not flying, so it is pretty much just an O. This tickles him to no end.
I posted on Facebook earlier this week how my husband and kids got into a rather detailed discussion about the differences between zombies and mummies. Much to my surprise, my sister and niece both popped in to enhance the conversation! I can’t escape!
But, when I look at it from the perspective of the quote above, I must wonder. What could be better than being surrounded by nerds? I want to be enthusiastic about life! How boring to be too cool to really get into the things that might excite you. With that as an alternative, give me a life-full of nerds any day!