Lefty has always been quite determined. When he was barely a year old, he would throw an object, any object, and say "Ball." Whether it was a ball or not, he believed that the act of throwing it made it one. If we replied, "That isn't a ball. That's a book/shoe/sandwich/whatever", it made no difference. He would pick up the object, throw it again, and answer, usually more forcefully: "Ball!" Of course, his word "Ball" could have meant "I will throw this no matter what you say", but the point is, he's always been very decisive about his interpretation of the world!
This mental tenacity has evidenced itself in other ways, too. When he had just turned seven, he decided he was going to read The Hobbit on his own. He began reading it aloud to me, stopping every few sentences to check a word or struggle with pronunciation. As much as I felt tempted to encourage him to choose a book that seemed more suited to his age group, I chose to ignore that societal constraint I didn't even know I had and kept my mouth shut. The crazy thing was, after just a few days, he was only asking for help once or twice per page, then per chapter, then not at all. Within just two weeks, he was speeding through the book with no help. I sat in silence, enjoying listening to him read a book that my head told me was way beyond what I should be expecting him to read.
Three years later, Lefty continues to read constantly, re-reading his favourites and always picking up literature that appears beyond him, yet still maintaining an enjoyment of simpler reading, like Beano and Tintin comics. He loves mysteries, and has recently been reading classic Hardy Boys stories, as well as re-reading a book of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes adventures that I read aloud to the boys a few months ago.
Lefty is a wonderful brother, and we are so thankful he is part of our family.
What is the adventure you would most like to have? I'd like to go to the Sahara Desert, like Bear Grylls
What would you like to do when you grow up? Be a policeman
What's that going to be like? Exciting
What's your favourite tea? Homemade pizza, shell pasta, fish and chips in Wales
What's your favourite cake or pudding? Everything
What's your favourite book? The Ghost at Skeleton Rock [Hardy Boys' mystery]
Who do you like hanging out with? Paul Gladwell, Grammy, Dad, Mum, Coo, Righty, Mr J, lots of other people
What do you enjoy doing with me? Playing card games like "Kings in the Corner"or "Golf"
What do you enjoy doing with Dad? Having sleepovers
What do you enjoy doing with Coo? Playing tea-parties
What do you enjoy doing with Righty? Playing detectives
What do you enjoy doing with Mr J? Playing with Lord of the Rings figures
What's your favourite thing to do on your own? Read
What's your favourite family day out together? When we go out for lunch
What makes you happy? Playing games with people
What makes you sad? When I hurt myself or have an accident
What do you enjoy learning about the most? History
If you could choose any time in history to live in, when would that be? During the Roman occupation of England
Is there anyone famous that you'd like to meet? Steven Gerrard [English footballer]
If there was any imaginary/pretend thing you could choose to do, what would it be? Live in Middle Earth
Lefty's last birthday interview can be found here.
The birthday interviews we've done for the last year are an idea from Lauren, of Sparkling Adventures, who has been doing birthday interviews with her girls for years.