My name is Vannary. I’ve recently taken a liking to the name Athena, who is the Greek Goddess of Wisdom, Craft and War. I chose this name specifically for Goddesses attributes regarding Wisdom, because I have an unquenchable thirst for knowledge that knows no end. I have shelves of books that seems to be overflowing!
I know what you’re thinking. “What a nerd!” hahaha I don’t doubt I’m a nerd and I’m totally not denying it. It was very different from when I was younger. I loved playing outdoors with my brother and friends. We used to ride our bikes around our neighborhood-it wasn’t exactly a very good neighborhood either, mind you. We had at least 3 neighborhood bullies, and one of them specifically targeted me. I had worse bullies than her of course, but that story is for another blog for another time.
I didn’t learn to read properly until the second grade. At that time, even the word “the” was hard for me. The very first book I ever learned to read and fell in love with was Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel after hours and hours of grueling lessons with my dad. I was behind in class–and the bullying didn’t help. By the end of the month, I was able to build confidence in myself enough to jump in during our reading out loud hour. Since then, I learned to read any book I could get my hands one and wouldn’t let it go until I finished reading it and understanding it completely. The Goosebumps series were my favorite to spend my summers reading in my room. I was super proud of myself when I read one book in one day! 🙂 The Harry Potter series was next and I absolutely loved it.
When I moved to Seattle with my family, I found that I was very interested in the study of the natural world and it’s history and it’s civilizations. I took 2 years of Humanities and World Religion in college back in California, but it still didn’t feel like I learned enough. Socrates, Plato, Lucrecia and Descartes. I kept getting pulled deeper into Philosophy and Science. I was also getting older haha! And the older I get, the more I hope I am also getting wiser. Who knows what my mind will be like in the next 10 years!