It almost seems like a fluke — how can a 17-month-old do this? — but Daniel is starting to learn to identify letters. He's got "O" pretty much down — that's an easy one. Today, standing at the edge of Steve's nightstand, where a copy of Alan Greenspan's new autobiography sits, he pointed to the G on the cover and said, "G." I showed him the spine of the book, which has Alan Greenspan's name printed in big letters, and touched each letter as I said its name. When I was done, he went back and touched the "R" and said, "R." I said, "Can you show me an "E"? He pointed to the double-"E"s.
I often write out his name in all caps and show him what "DANIEL" looks like. He hasn't gotten to the point of identifying those letters yet — though maybe I should keep trying. My dad tells me I was wowing strangers at state parks by reading signs out loud when I was 4, so maybe we've got an early reader on our hands. I hope so! I'd love it if my children loved to read. We read to Daniel every day, and he sees us reading plenty, so hopefully we're paving the way for him.