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February 2, 2014

Try out your aptitude, ability for art

After hanging up from an always quirky conversation with Kem, I realized that there may be other people who actually like the beauty of snow. Snow that has freshly fallen, blanketing the world with a softness that insulates, is the snow she and I both like. Cold weather, on the other hand, according to my sweet Peyton, is for penguins. No one that I know is a penguin, which probably explains why Kem and so many others, who live in this state, do not like the cold weather, ice, or the accidents it causes.

So why are we getting so much of this, um, “wonderful stuff”? I’m certain there are many plausible causes, but I really don’t know what they are. Do you? Maybe it’s the luck of the draw? Maybe it’s the work of trolls? Is it possibly the beginning of a new ice age, or due to global warming? If it’s global warming, then we shall soon be called Alaska!

When we speak of ability and aptitude, do you know the difference? Aptitude describes the potential, not yet tapped, that can take a person to a new level and skill.

Ability is what is present here and now in a human being. Aptitude speaks of a person’s potential to perform a certain activity. I am, of course, talking about artistic ability and aptitude.

If your child can create an image in his mind and transfer it to paper, then his artistic ability is high. If you have a child who can pull apart mechanical things and put them back together, this indicated good mechanical ability. One of our sons is like this, as well as my husband, and they both shake their heads in disbelief when I do not understand how to put something together. To me, it’s very simple. I don’t understand it, nor do I want to understand it. It’s their ability and not mine. I also do not have an aptitude for it.

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