Saturday, August 05, 2006

Progeny talent


Where does talent come from? My daughter is the distillation of two amateur artist grandparents, many aunts and uncles with latent or manifested artistic talent, and her father and I who both toyed with the idea of art and music as careers. Now her teachers, professors, and mentors all say she has what it takes.

Part of what was different for her than for those preceding her is that from the time she was a toddler I encouraged her and provided a path for her. For me, the debate over nature vs. nurture and the impact on a person's development is settled; she has the inborn gift, but without nourishment, like all of us who have had the capability but no support, the gift wilts and dies.

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