When my sister was ten, she learned to juggle. Naturally I was furious. Suddenly, every party and play date included a juggling performance, with lots of oohs and ahhs from the crowd. While I stressed over those awful “Tell the group something unique about yourself!” ice breakers, she had a ready response that was impressive without sounding showy. I decided I needed a secret talent too. For awhile I tried accents, but it never really took. People would humor me for a few minutes then walk off—usually in search of my sister.
Eventually I discovered my secret talent, though it’s not nearly as exciting as juggling. I’m really good at…wait for it…assembling furniture. (Apologies to the ten readers who just fell asleep.) I’ve put together beds, dressers, bookshelves—even a basketball hoop that took me an entire Saturday. I’m like a kid at Christmas when something arrives marked “Ready to Assemble.” My second talent is thank-you notes. I love writing them, and someone once sent me a thank-you note for my thank-you note. I’m slightly horrified that people are now using AI to express their gratitude but that’s an intro for another day.
My husband’s secret talent is memorizing phone numbers (20 years later, he can still recite my mom’s home phone number, along with the numbers of his five best friends from high school). My friend Genny’s talent is identifying a song after hearing the first note, and my friend Mindy’s is assembling an amazing party spread without actually cooking or baking anything herself. My middle daughter can shop her closet like no one else, and my oldest can beat anyone in Battleship.
OK it’s your turn. What’s your secret talent? I’d love to hear!
PS Hot tip for aspiring jugglers: start with scarves.