Family History: Talents

What are some of my talents?

The first one that comes to mind is singing. I sing. I miss singing. I sometimes get to sing to Jack, but often times, he prefers to sing to himself. He’s definitely got the “I randomly burst into song” thing that I’ve got. I once told him, “Mommy almost knows a song about almost everything.” If I had the time and money, I’d take voice lessons again, then try and find a community theatre group to share them with. It’s ironic – when I was a kid, all of the theatre was for adults. Now that I’m an adult, all of the theatre is children’s theatre.

I suppose that should lead me to acting. I haven’t acted since April 2004 – The Witness for the Prosecution. I think I was a pretty decent actress. I miss it, and I’ve probably lost a lot of skill.

Writing is another of my talents. I think I’ve always enjoyed it. I have a whole bunch of fiction in my brain – the stories I go to when I’m bored or can’t think of something awful. None of it is fit for human consumption, but it amuses me. And of course, I write here, and for work, and on AdoptionBlogs.com (where I’m paid, so I guess that’s work too).

Those are the big three. I have a talent for worrying (most of my family does), but I don’t think that really counts. I could be facetious and put down many “talents” – putting my foot in my mouth, for example. But I don’t feel like being facetious tonight.

I’d like to think that I have a talent for listening too. I may not always know what to say (see above about the foot), but I think I can listen pretty well.

Oh, and I guess reading is a talent, right? I like to read and I do it often. I know big words. I even get to use them sometimes. I’m trying to figure out how to turn Jack on to reading. It’s really not easy. I remember just knowing how to read. I learned the words by sight, I think. I never liked phonics. It didn’t make much sense to me. Jack can’t seem to take his knowledge of the letter sounds and put them together. I mean, he can spell anything, but he can’t read it back.

So I guess teaching is not necessarily one of my talents. But I used to teach, and I did training, and people told me I was good at it. Maybe it’s just about the subject matter.

OK, one more facetious one – I have a talent for staying up way late.

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