Thursday, November 29, 2012
What Runs in Your Family?
Sitting on my piano is the metronome that used to belong to my grandmother. She was an accomplished pianist, church organist, and piano teacher, and I often think of her whenever I hear someone playing beautiful piano music. Grandmother Myren also had perfect pitch which meant that whenever she heard me miss a note as I was practicing my piano lessons, she would tell me, often from another room, "that should be a B flat, not B natural, Dearie". A quick glance back at my music would always show me she was right.
It has been interesting to see how others in the family seem to have inherited grandmother's musical talents and abilities. My parents saw that I took piano lessons once I had Grandmother's OK on this while my brother played in the band through high school and has a collection of instruments picked up at garage sales which he has taught himself to play.
Among Grandmother's younger descendants, I have a son whose self-taught guitar playing helped him meet his wife. And then, there's the youngest grandchild who displays a gentle touch as she places her fingers on the piano keys, beaming when she hears the notes she plays. It really seems as if some musical abilities have been passed down from Grandmother.
My husband's father talked of being a fifth-generation blacksmith in the Nelson family. Although none of his children followed this trade for a living or a hobby, he has two sons who are mechanical engineers, two engineer grandsons, and a great grandson who looks as if he might be heading in that direction also. The same fabrication and analytical skills of the village blacksmith just find new outlets in our current society.
As we watch our children grow, we may see similar talents from our ancestors appearing. This could be a good time to help today's generation relate in a new way to ancestors with whom they share a common skill or aptitude. What runs in your family?