I am glad you enjoyed my poem, Urszula, and thanks for sharing how you are similar to my granddaughter.

She is encouraged by her mother and stepfather who pay for violin and piano lessons. But, so much of their family time revolves around her brother’s athletic activities, I worry that she feels less important, less noticed. Whenever we video-chat, she plays her keyboard and sings songs or gives me a sample of her latest violin lesson (she just started) or shows me her artwork.

Interestingly, her brother likes to write and asked for a very fancy journal for his last birthday. But, he is so busy with soccer, his writing has been put on hold indefinitely. He is on a travel team that plays all year, using indoor facilities when it’s cold/snowy in their state. I’m afraid his writing time will be limited to whatever he does in school. He can write a darn good story! And, as artistic as my granddaughter is, she has no interest in writing.

I am fascinated with the development of talent and interests in children.

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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