Isaac has come a long way. He's definitely a big kid now, and he is starting to have big kid concerns, such as if he's looking a fool or if he's a good dancer. During recess, he plays handball. He talks to other kids about Minecraft. He plays in a basketball league and has scored 19 points in his first two games.
A program from Scholastic called "Reading Counts," where kids earn points for reading books and taking comprehension quizzes online, successfully exploited his love for point systems and competition to finally ignite his love for reading. He just discovered "Harry Potter," and had devoured the first two books. I teared up the other day when I called him to dinner and after 5 minutes of silence, I found him lying on his stomach on the bedroom carpet, a fuzzy blanket wrapped around his middle, his nose stuck in "Prisoner of Azkaban."
Through another Scholastic program, Isaac has learned about this year's election, including an astonishing number of personal facts about the two presidential candidates, like the names of all 5 Romney sons. Although Isaac has shown hard conservative leanings his whole life, he has decided he would vote for Barack Obama this year. Woo hoo!
Isaac has a very gentle character. He loves to please, to win acclaim, to be considered Good. He is very intellectually curious and ambitious. He tolerates, sometimes even indulges, his little sister. He has a better grasp at what makes her tick, and more importantly, he sees her as a complete being with needs and desires like him. He isn't her first love or doting boyfriend-model like how other big brothers are sometimes described, but he is her first buddy and co-conspirator.
Isaac on Theology:
"When you die, God stands before you at the gates of heaven. He knows all the good and bad things you've done, and if you're 50% or more good, you get into heaven. If not, you go to the other place with the devils and stuff. So basically he's like the Sorting Hat and Santa Claus all in one."