I always admire people who can sing or dance... their talents are so visible. When I was growing up, our family didn't pursue after school activities. While other kids did sports, dance, or play musical instruments, I hid out in the treehouse spying on the neighborhood.
I was convinced up until the age of 18 that I was destined to be an Olympic Champion Ice Skater. I'd never tried it, but I just *knew* it was my destiny. If only my parents had let me take lessons, I would have gone straight to the top. Then when I was 18, I tried Ice Skating multiple times.... I was terrible at it. Maybe it wasn't my destiny.
My brother hogged all the musical genes and the dimples, so I got stuck with the less obvious talents. It has always embarrassed me when people ask me what my talents are, because when you say, "I can recall what people ordered at restaurants." they don't seem all that impressed.
Last week, we attended the Blue and Gold Banquet for Cub Scouts for Mr. Boy. The after dinner activity was a paper airplane competition, which just happens to be my secret talent. I can fold a wicked fast paper airplane. I helped my children fold their planes and gave them some pointers. They both placed first in their divisions and my children thought I was amazing.
Sure, Paper Airplane competitions don't come with the fancy sequined outfits and the grandiose music, but for just one day my kids thought I was the most talented human on the planet.
What's your secret talent?