Story Weekend: Your Childhood Talent

Today’s Story Weekend theme: childhood talent. What’s the story about yours?

If  you’re new to Story Weekend, here’s how it works: I pick a theme and you share something from your life that relates to that theme, however you interpret it. Thanks to all of you who’ve been contributing. As always, there are a few “rules”:

▪   The story must be true

▪   Try to keep it under 100 words. Embrace the challenge! That’s about six or seven lines in the comment form. I want others to read your story, and most people tend to skip if it’s too long. I know how tough it is to “write tight” but I hope you’ll accept this as a challenge.


Have fun!



  1. Sheree Gillcrist on October 14, 2012 at 9:14 am

    I guess I will start. My childhood talent was that I was and am an orginial Annie Oakley. I can shoot straight(taught at age 4), skin a deer clean without nicking the precious meat below, gut a salmon, feed? a worm onto a hook, net a salmon(never, never tail first), put up a tent in the dark,can make a chicken headless all in the time it takes to say hello. Having said all of that I am a city girl raised by a country father who struggled to keep food on the table of his family of 4 kids. I tie salmon fishing flys from road kill, I can butcher a moose into roast and rump and I can walk confidently in stillettos and made my living off the words of my poetry about all of the same that has been known to make grown men cry. I am my father’s daughter. Life ahs been kind to me. I have no need for these talents now but if I ever needed to, I could answer that call.

    • Cindy on October 14, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      Sheree, I am like Diane. That is something I didn’t expect. I am one of those that enjoy the great outdoors…and I can do what I have to. I can bait my hook, take the fish off, clean it and fry it up…and I have helped clean squirrels one time…NEVER again, unless of course I am hungry enough to do it…but not if I have anything else at all to eat… You are one talented girl…:)

  2. Diane Chamberlain on October 14, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Whoa, Sheree, this is a side to you I never knew. I’m in awe.
    Very very quiet Story Weekend! I think that’s because I was late getting it up and missed the Saturday folks. But your post was great reading!

    • Sheree on October 14, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Thanks Diane.I think we all had childhood talents. Women are not great at tooting our own horn. So much easier to shine the light on others. I wanted to write that was an awkward looking child who was discovered in a drugstore and was now a super model but that would have been a fairy tale:) Still a girl can dream.

  3. Cindy on October 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    You know, it is very quite here this weekend. I am just writing something because you let me. I don’t think I have any inkling of a childhood talent. My mom use to beg me not to sing, I couldn’t draw, I failed coloring because I couldn’t stay in the lines. I did enjoy choir in junior high and church, but no one else enjoyed hearing me sing. So I really didn’t have any talents… I could ride my bicycle and I could skate. I was never very athletic. I did play softball for a few years, but I couldn’t hit the ball or run fast. Sort of like the adult version of me…no…

  4. Diane Chamberlain on October 15, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Cindy, I know you well enough to know that your talent lies in your generosity of spirt. You care passionately about others and that matters more than playing the piano or writing a book. xo

  5. Sheree on October 15, 2012 at 2:06 pm

    Cindy. I second Diane on this.I look forward to reading your posts. Remember that song we all sang when we were kids, This Little Light of Mine.I’m gonna let it shine? Well you shine all of the time. 🙂

    • Cindy on October 15, 2012 at 10:14 pm

      You ladies are so kind.. thank you…

  6. JoAnne McCrone-Ephraim on October 17, 2012 at 11:49 pm

    Sorry, totally talentless as a child as well as into adulthood:( However if I may, I wish to share the talent of my little sister, Diane, for I have no doubt she would be responding to your call if she could.

    Diane drew remarkably well as a young child so I would write short stories just so she woud illustrate them for me. Eventually we started reading them and showing off her illustrations at family gatherings. Our relatvies enjoyed them and would offer to buy our booklets but we happily gave them away for the sheer pleasure of it.

    We were soon creating stories and caricatures highlighting the special traits of our aunts, uncles and cousins, which absolutely delighted them. Diane always created the perfect illustation to complment my story, as good as any Disney artist!

    A few years ago I wrote a children’s book for my grandson, which my sister would have enhanced with her drawings. Actually, I had thought of sending it to a publisher to surprise Seth and even have sequels in mind but my little sister is not here to share the fun with me so in a file it remains. Although our childhood was a lifetime ago, I can see Diane leaning over a sketch pad and drawing as vividly as if it happened only yesterday!

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