Yesterday I had the pleasure of spending most of the day with my lovely wee cousin; we spent time on the trampoline, she demonstrated how her “Aqua Beads” work, we played at the park, and painted together.
I don’t have a lot of experience with young children but I think she’s pretty amazing for a six year old. She asks some wonderful questions, starts some interesting conversations (more recently on topics like woman’s rights, and the difference between the laws of our country and the ten commandments) and her reading and writings skills are impressive. Yesterday we discussed (among many many other things) what talent is, who has it, when does it appear, is it something you should spend your time searching for and, if you have a great talent should you try your best to make that your job or just a hobby. I found the discussion really really interesting but I’m not sure how much I like the thought of talent, I think practice, effort and learning are more important. Though, I think that if you have some form of natural talent or aptitude it can make an activity more enjoyable and so more likely to be developed. After spending some time talking about what she thought about talents and talented people she decided that she would like to find her talent and that she hopes its dancing or painting (she would like to be a ballet dancer and a ballet instructor) but she wouldn’t mind if she had a different talent and she agreed that if she really wanted to be good at something she would work at it.
So we painted, after some wee tips mostly about holding paintbrushes and the importance of practicing she created some lovely wee paintings. She did then paint over the various paintings a few times and ended up with some slightly less lovely paintings, but learning when to stop and be satisfied with a painting is something I’m still trying to learn so I can’t really expect her to get it immediately.
Here are some photos of her paintings;
And the wee painting I created for her;