I met the young lady at left today while eating at Golden Corral in Douglasville. Gracelynn was all dressed up, and it didn't appear this was only because it was Christmas Day. As you can see, she seemed to already have a sense of style at four years old. Her nails were polished, she had bows all in her hair, and she was sporting long black boots. And, don't forget the accessory scarf and bracelet!
Her posture throughout the dinner made it clear that she knew she was stylish. And, she was quite social, though she smiled shyly for the photo. What really caught our attention was when she apparently noticed the waitress had no polish on her nails. She gave her the most professional look, and offered to paint her nails for her if she "gave her money." It was obvious she was headed for a career in cosmetology.
The waitress explained that she couldn't have nails on her job. Gracelynn gave her a look of sympathy, but responded in the most sophisticated manner with, "Well, I do!" To this last statement, she showed off her nails proudly. I had no doubt, had the waitress been willing, Katelynn would have been more than happy to polish her nails right there.
The old Nature/Nurture argument never seemed to have an answer. Is it in our nature, or genetics, or behave a certain way? Or, do you believe we learn these attitudes or a work-ethic from our caregivers? Either way, how do you explain the differences in siblings. Personally, I have always suspected it must have something to do with a person's spirit. A poem I love talks about the way we set our hearts determining the course we take in life. I will share that with you, but I'm not so sure that is the answer, as much as a bigger question...