Okay, remember when I said that Dante was recognizing words, but not actually reading?
Well, he’s reading now.
Now, I feel certain that he is not actually comprehending all of what he’s reading. But he’s sounding out words in his head and then saying them out loud, often quite quickly. For instance: he sometimes likes to sit at my computer and type things into Notepad. Lately, he’s discovered that there are some keys on the keyboard that can make other exciting things come up, like the Windows key. He brings up the Start menu, then hits Esc and says, “Escape!”
So a few nights ago, he’s managed to open the Control Panel. I’m watching him carefully to make sure he doesn’t hack into my registry or something. Instead, he starts rattling off words. “Power options,” he says. “Mouse.” “Display.” “Faxes.” “Witherless” (“Wireless,” I explain.)
I’d like to point out here that this kid is NOT EVEN THREE YEARS OLD.
Then he asks for Google, and says, “Google. Maps. News. Shopping. Gamel.” (“G-mail,” I say for that last one, in between bouts of laughter and praise.)
Then, to top it all off, he says, “I’m Feeling Lucky!”
I think to myself: Me too.