I was talking to Three the other day and apparently he and Five are immensely proud of their influence on me. Bit by bit they've suggested things to watch or read, then stood back to see their creation take shape. He told me that over the last year I have blossomed into a nerd.
It was funny that he brought that up, because in the last few weeks I've been wondering a little nervously if they were turning me into a guy. I don't know any other girls who like this kind of stuff - except my aunts and sisters. To be honest, it's a little bit of a relief to be labeled a nerd!
I reminded Three that the seeds have always been there. I've been reading science fiction/fantasy books since I was 8 and I played an online RPG for nearly 2 years in my 20s. Still, they deserve some credit for the transformation. I don't think I've ever been this immersed in nerd culture before.
I mentioned in a previous post that a lot of my favorite things were introduced by one or both of them. That doesn't bother me like it did. It's really great to have seen the same shows, listened to the same songs and read the same books. Something you may or may not know about us Dozen is that we often communicate through quotes. Maybe we all share the same hangups when it comes to expressing our feelings - I don't know - but good or bad it's somehow easier to use someone else's words to say what's on our mind. And responding with the next line of a song or movie is kind of like saying I understand what you really mean - plus I think you're really clever for saying it that way.
Knowing more of their lingo makes me feel closer to my brothers than I have in a long time. It's really nice. And before you go thinking that maybe I was right before and I only watch/read/listen to this stuff because I want them to like me, let me say that I have a lot of my own interests, too. I don't like *everything* they suggest, but I don't feel a need to tear it apart either.