1814. So talented!

Charlotte didn’t have a single humdrum electron whizzing around in her brain. Her brain was on fire!

“You’re so creative, Charlotte,” people would say. “How do you come up with so many creative ideas?”

“I guess it’s a natural gift one is born with,” said Charlotte, and she would return to the painting she was painting, or the music for the Irish harp she was playing, or the sundial she was installing in the garden.

“Everything you touch turns to gold, Charlotte,” people would say. “You definitely have the Midas touch.”

“I don’t do anything to encourage it,” said Charlotte. “Things just come naturally to me,” and she went back to baking her Baked Alaska for she was have important friends over for dinner, or back to the rug she was weaving, or back to the dress for a niece’s doll she was sewing, or back to making homemade candles for a friend’s 30th birthday, or back to the lines she was learning for a dramatic production.

The extolling of Charlotte’s talents among her peers was like a mantra; it repeated itself over and over. “It’s sad you can’t find a job in this small town,” someone said. “Why don’t you move to the big city where your talents would be put to good use?”

So Charlotte moved to the big city in search of a job. What a relief! Quite frankly, Charlotte had driven everyone in the small town nuts.

26 thoughts on “1814. So talented!

  1. Nitin Lalit

    A very good observation on human nature. Perhaps Charlotte is arrogant or simply truthful, but people cannot stand innate skill. They regress to flattery when confronted with it but deep inside harbour resentment. You’ll find quotes like “Talent is nothing; hard work his everything,” stemming from such bitterness. The truth is talent matters as much as hard work. If something comes naturally to you, you’re good at it, and if you work hard, you’ll be better than some fish trying to climb your tree because he has a dream or whatever. I enjoy how you weave complex themes into your writing using simplicity.

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    1. Bruce Post author

      Thanks Nitin. I like the image if a fish trying to climb a tree! I don’t know if it’s a universal phrase but over here we call it the “tall poppy syndrome” – people cut down the poppy that’s taller than themselves.

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  2. Herb

    Sadly, when she got to the big city she discovered that she was only so extraordinary because there was no competition. But, at least she learned to love washing dishes at the diner.

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          1. dumbestblogger

            I’m not sure if you are referring to the fact that I am big and obnoxious, filled with smelly, farting soldiers or that I can sneak so easily behind enemy lines. Either way, it’s quite the compliment, so thanks!

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            1. Bruce Post author

              It’s more the sneaking in behind enemy lines that I’m in awe of. Sneak is such a good word. It sounds like it;s meaning i.e. Onomaticpaedic (you can probably spell it).

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