I am nerd; watch me read.

Nerds rule.  They rule the earth.  They don't rule middle school or high school, but they rule the earth.

If you look up the definition of "nerd," here's what you get:

  1. 1.  A foolish or contemptible person who lacks social skills or is boringly studious: "one of those nerds who never asked a girl to dance".
  2. 2.  An intelligent, single-minded expert in a particular technical discipline or profession.

The way I see it, when you're young, in school, you feel like definition #1 rules you, but when you're out in the world and making your way, your realize that you are definition #2.  Perhaps it's the mark of maturity that you put away the harsh judgment that others felt towards you for being a nerd, and embrace the fact that your mind is, and always will be, your greatest asset.

Beauty fades, as does brawn, and athletic skill, and popularity - but your mind gets better and better with age.

I look at pictures of my husband when he was very young.  Yep, he was a nerd.  When I met him, however, he was a handsome medical student.  Now he's a gorgeous doctor!  Yes, he was handsome, but I was also very, very attracted to his brain.  I enjoyed engaging in conversation with him.  We shared an interest in such nerdy topics as Star Trek (one of the ultimate markers of nerd-dom), philosophy, religion, literature, the future, etc.  When I wrote letters to him (yes, actual letters), I made sure to use impressive vocabulary, since he always did.  My husband has a little bump on his head that is actually a part of his skull, his cranium.  Our daughters and I call it his "brain bump," and he claims that is that extra little smidgen of brain that really makes him so smart!  :-)

A friend of mine and her kids playing "Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock Link Bomb"

I'm pretty smart too.  I don't think my IQ is quite as high as his - he was registered in some young, genius, precocious youth program, and they called him periodically for blood samples and stuff . . . he got all published up about just how freakin' smart he is.  But, I doubt he would have married me if I had just been another pretty face.  (Even though I was also that, of course.)  But he claims that my brain was one of the things that attracted him to me, as well.

We don't get to sit and have lengthy philosophical discussions about things, about literature, about life, as much any more.  We're busy.  We're parents.  But when we do, it's nice.  It's a match made in nerdiness.  It's love.

If you are a young person, please don't be afraid of being smart.  If people call you a nerd, bask in it.  Be proud of it.  Popularity isn't everything.  Intelligence matters.  Don't dumb yourself down.  Don't hide your good grades.  Don't ignore your homework.  Get your hands on books and read!  Read as much as you can - because it makes you smarter!  The smarter the better!

Here is a selection of uplifting quotations for all of us nerds out there:

Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.  

I love nerds. Comic-Con junkies are the tastemakers of tomorrow. Isn't that funny? The tables have turned.
Kristen Bell

Sci-fi nerds are respectful, honorable. You can trust them.
Claudia Christian
“If you like nerds, raise your hand. If you don't, raise your standards.”
Violet Haberdasher

“Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you’re a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsey Lohan. Why is that?”
John Green

Dear 'cool people', they didn't name a candy after you, did they? Sincerely, Nerds.

"Sincerely, the Nerds."

There's a big world out there. Bigger than prom, bigger than high school, and it won't matter if you were the prom queen or the quarterback of the football team or the biggest nerd. Find out who you are and try not to be afraid of it.

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