Nerdism isn’t an alternative lifestyle choice. Most people demonstrate some nerdy tendencies now and then, but true nerds are born with a genetic anomaly frequently referred to as “brains.” If you have brains, you may be a nerd.
I am a nerd. I was born a nerd. I have chosen to embrace my nerdiness and to raise my daughter, Libby, as a nerd. Her nerdiness is also inherent and not the result of my influence but a family trait passed down from my mother to me and to both my daughters. My older daughter, Dana, is too cool to be a true nerd but she does have the brains for it.
Libby is homeschooled because I found myself fighting a constant battle with both private and public schools. Every day, she grew more and more frustrated with the limited scope of learning materials and teaching methods that didn’t fit Libby’s learning style.
I have worked in for a bank, a real estate holding company, a title and trust company, an oil/gas/mineral leasing agent, two colleges, a military contractor, a computer graphics equipment manufacturer, a pension consultant, a computer school, a commercial insurance broker, and a bar or two.
I’ve been a loan processor, typesetter, computer graphics trade show demonstrator, administrative assistant, trust auditor, software instructor, systems administrator, editor, proofreader, copy and technical writer, marketing specialist, bouncer, and bartender. Add to that a few volunteer efforts as literacy coach, red cross volunteer, and girl scout leader.
Nerds are diverse. We wouldn’t have it any other way.