I have a funny feeling that Little Button may have inherited the sporty family gene for skating!
I had been pretty sure it had skipped a generation, but no. As clear as day she’s whirling and twirling in front of me, like the ballerina she wants to be. Except she’s unwittingly doing skating toe jumps across the kitchen and not the basic pirouettes she’s been learning. It’s not something she’s had the chance to see up close before, let alone been taught.
It’s not just that though. Surprisingly she transitioned from a 3 wheel scooter to 2 wheels in a second. And whilst ever so ladylike under normal circumstances, give her a set of wheels and she’s off like a speed demon. Weaving, dodging and beaming like a ball of sunshine. She now has her eyes on a pair of Heely’s. Those shoes that can’t make up their minds whether they are shoes or skates. As far as she’s concerned, the faster the better and why have a pair of shoes AND skates, when you can have both at the same time. But where has this all suddenly come from? She’s not expressed an interest in ice or roller skating before. Nor has she had direct influence either. This is the girl that loves nothing better that dressing up and tottering around in toy high heels. A fluke or is it possible to randomly inherit a talent that just pops out of you?
Here’s a bit of a secret. Before Little Button came along, the whole family was involved in ice and roller skating one way or another. My grandparents were both roller dancers (figure skaters on roller skates). For me it was fun and games at the former roller rink in Milton Keynes, which quickly evolved into being part of a skater hockey club. But it was my brother who had the real skating bug, dabbling in roller and ice dance, a bit of speed skating and finally settling on inline & ice hockey. He still plays ice hockey, but just for fun. The only thing is, Little Button has never seen a game, yet she’s always instinctively picked up stick-like objects and used them as a hockey stick.
Do you know, I have no idea! If you had asked me this before I would have said of course not, but her natural (?) passion for all things skate based and wheelie keeps popping up. It’s there, just below the surface, and I wonder if we took the time to nurture this unexpected passion, would it take her somewhere new and exciting. Or would it just throw her off course of her conscious passion for dance?
It seems so, but I’m still not sure. Can all this really be in someone’s genes? Here is what some of my blogging pals think:
It’s definitely possible in some cases that talent is inherited. However I believe that in sport and hobbies too, it also takes a lot of commitment and hard work to excel in it. Bridget, Bridie By The Sea
Yes I think it is possible to inherit a talent. I would like to think that I’ve got a head for languages (although my German is very, very rusty now!!) and judging by Baby Lighty’s speech so far, I’m hoping that he’ll be the same. Nicola, All Things Spliced
I definitely think that a talent can be inherited, or at the very least an interest and a passion for something can be shared and passed down through the family. Miss Tot seems to be showing a talent for football at the moment but as a tennis fiend himself, her dad is hoping to encourage her to into the same. Time will tell! Dawn, Rhyming With Wine
Do you think that a passion for particular sports are in your genes or that it’s all down to exposure?
I would love to know your take on this.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post. All views and words are my own.