Do you have any secret talents? I’m secretly kind of amazing at parallel parking. I’m all the more proud of this talent because when I learned how to drive parallel parking wasn’t required as part of the PA driver’s license test; it’s just something I picked up out of necessity. It’s not exactly a superhero talent, but I like to think that all of us have something kind of silly and mundane that we excel at- like being great at placing a phone order for take out, or remembering birthdays without relying on Facebook reminders.
What does any of this have to do with the library? Only that we’ve got resources on everything from, yes, how to parallel park, to anything else you might want to learn. Here are a few talents I’d like to develop:
Cleaning! Sure, I can handle the basics, but did you know that some people actually like to clean up, and have even written books about it? Despite the fact that this is my most hated chore, I often read books like this one to see if the skill and drive of the professionals will rub off on me.
Jumping rope: This is actually a talent I used to have and lost- I could double dutch with the best of them at recess, but I’ve totally lost all memory of how to do it. It’s something I might never have thought of again if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m currently teaching my 5-year old how to use a jump rope. I’d also like to one day master double unders.
As I’ve been writing this post, I can’t help but think of this scene from The Breakfast Club when they share their secret talents:
What are you great at?