Monday, July 13, 2009

Does bladder control qualify as a talent?

By Jenna Byrnes

When I read the subject for this week, my blood ran cold. Other talents? All I do is write. Work, and write. Okay, eat, work and write. You get the picture.

I mean, I can do stuff, but I don't know if the stuff qualifies as a 'talent'. I'm a fast reader. (Harry Potter books=3 days.) I kick butt in board games which require word skill. (Scrabble=high score, family record.) I used to be a heck of a chess player. I can crochet a chain, know all the words to several TV show theme songs, and I can change a diaper in 30 seconds (wet only, please, when going for the record.)

None of this seems much like talent to me. I can't sing, can't dance, can't play sports and can only tell a joke if you give me a minute to think about it first...none of the usual 'talent' offerings.

On the other hand, I've been married for twenty-eight years. I've raised two children to adulthood (and helped with a third and two grandchildren). They've all turned out to be great people, and none of them has been arrested for anything. (I was going to add 'yet' but I'll think positive and won't do it.) I've got some good friends that I can call on when I need them, and they can do the same for me. I've got faith, love, humor and respect in my life, so I must be doing something right.

None of that qualifies as talent, I know. But I can do stuff, even if I can't think of it to list here, and even if I ain't as good as I once was. Both my sons read the last Harry Potter book in a day, and both can now beat me at chess, and probably any other game they convince me to try. (We won't even mention video games, I haven't been a champ there since we had our Atari hooked up.) But that's okay. Parents want their children to do bigger and better things than they did, right?

Maybe that's what makes me feel good about writing. It's something I can do that not everyone does. Of course, plenty of people are much better at it than me. I can't worry about that. My writing makes me and at least a few readers happy, so I think I fill a small niche in the world that way. If I can leave that (and my speed-reading kids) when I shuffle off this mortal coil, I'll be happy.


  1. Jenna,

    I think for have many talents. One of them being that you can relate to a normal person and put them at ease. You help others see reason and humor in the ordinairy and mundane reality of life. That is a huge talent and gift. Love ya.

  2. You have a talent for writing interesting blog posts. ;)

  3. Darn!

    You stole my post. Drat!

    You're kids beat you at chess? *Taking note, don't challenge those two to a chess game*

    Interesting post, Jenna. I think you have other talents, and you might laugh, but patience is one of them.


  4. Here are many types of talents. No everyone has it in them to be a good parent, a loving spouse, or a good writer. Crocheting is a talent. You have talent. :)


  5. Susilien,

    Thanks so much for your kind words. I really appreciate them- nice to hear on an otherwise manic Monday!


  6. Thanks Nita. Some of them come easier than others!

    Have a great day~

  7. Hey Jude,

    Sorry, guess you're wishing you would have picked Monday instead of Tuesday, LOL

    Thanks for the nice words- patience is a good one, but I admit I have to work at it sometimes!


  8. Thanks for stopping by Marci. It's interesting to write a post like this and try to figure out what things, exactly, I do have.

    I'm doing okay, I think. *G*

    Have a great day!

  9. Hey, Jenna,

    I challenge you to a Scrabble game some time. How about half-naked Scrabble...?

    (Actually, I did get challenged to a chess game for a spanking once. I lost...)

    Seriously, I think that the most important accomplishment that one can point to is a happy, healthy life filled with love. You've clearly succeeded in expressing that talent.


  10. Thanks Lisabet. These weekly topics are illuminating. Makes a person dig a little deeper, sometimes. Fun!

  11. Doing stuff qualifies as a talent. Sitting around growing moss on your butt doesn't, unless you're a rock, which I don't think you are. So you're good in the other talents department! It's my topic, so I get final authority on the subject };D


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