My opinion has swung back and forth over the years, depending on the subject, as to whether genetics or environment plays a bigger role in the talents that develop in an individual. My paternal grandparents were musically inclined, as was my father. My three brothers and I all play more than one instrument. But we grew up around different instruments. So was it Grampa's genes or Dad's guitar?
Grampa also painted. He was quite a good artist. My daughter is a wonderful artist. But from the time she was small, I provided her with the tools needed to be creative. So again, was it Grampa's genes or Mom's fingerpaints?
Now, here I am pursuing the dream of being a published author. I wrote stories and songs all my life. My daughter also wrote stories, and now my oldest granddaughter is waist-deep in writing! Is it because of my genes, or the fact that my daughter and granddaughter were surrounded by books and told my made-up bedtime stories?
We could argue forever about the nature vs nurture thing, but the real point of this blog is bragging rights! My oldest granddaughter, a freshman in high school, has finally moved to Blogville! Yeah Dani! Her writing style is quite different from mine, but I think she is very creative. She is into anime & manga, wants to learn to speak Japanese and loves the decor or the orient. Please check out her new blog at http://dani-mhs1.blogspot.com/ and let me know what you think...